Too few Quebec seniors vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19 viruses

The Government of Quebec reiterates the importance for more vulnerable people, particularly people aged 60 and over, to be vaccinated to reduce the risk of complications from COVID-19 and influenza.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services reminded Wednesday that traffic in emergency rooms has been on the rise for several days and that vaccination is one of the best ways to prevent hospitalizations.

However, authorities deplore that around 50% of people aged 70 and over have still not booked an appointment or have not received a new vaccine against COVID-19 or influenza.

Among the priority groups, the vaccination target is 75% in long-term care centers (CHSLD), and 60% in private residences for seniors (RPA) as well as among other elderly people. 70 years and over.

The ministry reminds that vaccines to protect against COVID-19 and influenza are offered free of charge to the entire population. Both vaccines can be obtained at the same time, in a single appointment.

Furthermore, the authorities recall that an intranasal vaccine against influenza is available this year for children aged 2 to 17 years.

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