COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend

Quebec reported 995 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and three new deaths.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 396,150 confirmed cases and 11,304 people have died.
There are 218 people in hospital (an increase of 11), including 75 in intensive care (an increase of three).
27,233 vaccine doses administered were reported for a total of 12,570,901 doses administered in Quebec.
88 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) has received one dose of vaccine, and 81 per cent have received two doses.
Note: Quebec’s Health Ministry does not publish the number of vaccine doses administered over the weekend.

So far, the month of September has been marked by a steady increase in daily confirmed cases and an even more noticeable increase in hospitalizations.

In a tweet Saturday, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said the spike in cases was expected because of students heading back to school.

Since Sept. 1, the province is reporting an average of 667 cases per day.

The number of people in hospital — 218 — is the highest it’s been since June 15.

Quebec has administered a first dose to 88 per cent of the eligible population, Dubé said, after more than 8,000 people were got their first jab yesterday.

Despite COVID-19 hospitalizations more than tripling in the last month, the province’s capacity for coronavirus patients is not expected to be exceeded in the short term, according to the latest report from Quebec’s health-care research institute.

Some immunocompromised Canadians might benefit from receiving a third vaccine dose against COVID-19, says Canada’s national advisory board on vaccines.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised Canadians should be vaccinated with three doses of an authorized mRNA-based vaccine.

Dr. Shelley Deeks, NACI’s chair, said in a statement that the goal is providing an extra shot to people who “may have somewhat lower responses to their first vaccinations.”

Getting used to vaccination passport
It’s been more than a week since Quebecers began scanning their VaxiCode app in order to gain entry into a long list of businesses and non-essential activities.

Although the passports are now required, strict enforcement of the new rules won’t begin until Sept. 15.