As of November 16, people aged 80 and over living in their own home will be able to make an appointment to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the various vaccination sites in the territory. An interval of six months or more since the administration of the last dose is required.
“Even though many people in this age group have already received two doses of the vaccine, experts recommend a booster dose to increase the vaccine’s effectiveness in order to avoid developing complications if they catch COVID-19” said the President and CEO of the Laurentian Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS), Ms. Rosemonde Landry.
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To make an appointment online, residents must visit Québec.ca / vaccinCOVID or on the NotifVAX mobile application. For those who do not have access to the Internet or who have difficulty using it, one can call 1 877 644-4545 for support. If necessary, relatives are encouraged to help the elderly to make an appointment online. A free shuttle service is also available on the territory for people with reduced mobility and requiring support or not having means of transport. To access it, simply call 1 866 495-5833.
For any questions about vaccination against COVID-19, it is possible to discuss with a health professional from the CISSS des Laurentides by making an appointment by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org .ca or by calling 1 866 495-5833.
According to Health Canada infobase, while the COVID-19 vaccines are effective, there is still a small percentage of the population who are vaccinated that will still be infected with COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus that causes it. This means that even with high vaccine effectiveness, a small percentage of the population who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will still get sick and some may be hospitalized or even die as a result of their illness. It is also possible that a person could be infected just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. It typically takes about two weeks for the body to build protection after vaccination, so a person could get sick if the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection. Cases and deaths have plateaued all over the country in low numbers and as of now 75% of eligible Canadians have been fully vaccinated.