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The army arrives to vaccinate Quebecers | Coronavirus


After approval of Quebec’s request for federal assistance, Canadian Armed Forces personnel will begin deployment today to support the province’s vaccination campaign, announced Monday the Federal Minister of Civil Protection, Bill Blair, on his Twitter account.

Mr Blair added that his officials will continue assess what other federal resources can be used to help the province fight COVID-19.

Soldiers wearing masks walk through a building.

Members of the Armed Forces must help, among other things, “with planning and logistical tasks,” according to a spokesperson for the Minister of Defense.

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Up to 200 members of the Armed Forces will be deployed in Montreal, Laval, Beauce and Estrie, according to a spokesperson for the Minister of Defense. Most of them are soldiers in support of medical personnel who must help planning and logistics tasks, adds this spokesperson.

We have indeed received confirmation from the federal government and planning work continues with a view to deploying resources., was satisfied to indicate Louis-Julien Dufresne, press attaché of the vice-premier of Quebec.

The work is managed by the Ministry of Health, who determines priority sites with the Canadian Armed Forces, he added. The Ministry of Public Security acts as a support coordinator for government action in civil security. We are confident that Armed Forces personnel will be able to assist our vaccination operations in the coming days.

The details of the deployment of the military in Quebec, however, remain unclear. According to Geneviève Dion, of the emergency measures committee at the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches, the soldiers would not be deployed in Beauce.

Earlier in December, Quebec’s Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, asked the Canadian Armed Forces for help to speed up the vaccination campaign, particularly for the administration of the 3rd dose.

The government of Quebec has also requested the assistance of all available and qualified federal employees to assist with the vaccination.

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Gradual opening of vaccination for all

Quebec has already set an appointment schedule for the administration of the additional dose for people with a weakened immune system.

Since last Monday, Quebecers aged 60 and over can also receive a booster dose.

Priority clienteles, including [personnel du milieu scolaire, de la sécurité publique, des organismes communautaires du secteur de la santé et des services sociaux], since December 29, they can call to get an appointment.

For the rest of the population, calls will be made according to age groups on the following dates:

  • January 4, 2022: for people aged 55 to 59;
  • January 6, 2022: for people aged 50 to 54;
  • January 10, 2022: for people aged 45 to 49;
  • January 12, 2022: for people aged 40 to 44;
  • January 14, 2022: for people aged 35 to 39;
  • January 17, 2022: for people aged 30 to 34;
  • January 19, 2022: for people aged 25 to 29;
  • January 21, 2022: for people aged 18 and over.

With information from Madeleine Blais-Morin

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