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Vaccination of toddlers against COVID-19: the campaign is slowing down in the region

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Of this number, 10 children from the Côte-de-Gaspé local service network and 5 from La Haute-Gaspésie were vaccinated. Public health does not specify data below five. However, we know that the seven other doses administered are distributed between the Rocher-Percé and Baie-des-Chaleurs sectors.

Statistics obtained by TurnedNews.com also show that no Madelinot child under the age of five had been vaccinated as of last Sunday. The regional director of public health, Dr. Yv Bonnier-Viger, was unable to explain this data during an interview with TurnedNews.com on Monday.

A request for information on this subject was sent on Tuesday to the Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) des Îles. TurnedNews.com was awaiting details when publishing these words.

Several possible factors

Dr. Bonnier-Viger explains that the lack of enthusiasm observed to date could be attributable to the fact that vaccination activities are not running at full speed on the Gaspé territory.

I think the vacation period [y est] for many, says Dr. Bonnier-Viger straight away. The spread of COVID-19 within the regional health network in recent weeks could also, in his opinion, have affected operations.

There are several people, who, with already reduced staff, are over their heads. I know that here, appointments are given sparingly. This is something that should be resolved quickly in the coming weeks. »

A quote from Dr. Yv Bonnier-Viger, regional director of public health for Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

The health professional also recalls that public health has not sought to convince parents at all costs to have toddlers vaccinated. He points out that the purpose of the organization he leads was first to provide access to doses and then to give them the choice.

We especially invited the parents of children who were followed for major illnesses, so who are generally followed in paediatrics, because they will certainly benefit [des avantages] to be vaccinatedsummarizes Dr. Bonnier-Viger.

The Regional Director of Public Health in Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Dr. Yv Bonnier-Viger, photographed during the public meeting

The regional director of public health in Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Dr. Yv Bonnier-Viger (archives).

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Isabelle

The regional director of public health explains that families with a member who is vulnerable from a health point of view have also been arrested.

For the other children, there is still a possible benefit, although it is relatively smalladds Dr. Bonnier-Viger, who explains that complications related to COVID-19 are rare for toddlers who do not present any particular risk factor.

This recalls that this new vaccination campaign is deployed in a completely different spirit than the previous ones. It is a vaccination offer that is deployed in the longer term, I would say. It remains open and as parents become interested in having their child vaccinated, they will [pouvoir] do it.

A vial of Moderna's Spikevax vaccine.

It’s Moderna’s Spikevax mRNA vaccine that’s given to children under the age of five. The dose injected into them is about a quarter of that injected into adults.

Photo: Garrett Barry/CBC

The regional public health department had not set itself a target for vaccination activities aimed at children under five.

For now, two doses spaced eight weeks apart are planned for toddlers. Appointments are made on the Clic Santé portal as was the case for the other age groups.

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