A pop-up clinic on Saint-Catherine for the unvaccinated

A pop-up clinic on Saint-Catherine for the unvaccinated

A vaccination clinic.

An ephemeral clinic will be erected on Saint-Catherine Street in Montreal on Thursday and others will follow throughout Quebec, announced the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, Monday afternoon.< /p>

After expanding the vaccine passport to supermarkets this week, and after discussing its plan to introduce a health contribution for the unvaccinated, Quebec wants to reach the unvaccinated and convince them to take their doses thanks to a positive field approach.

We want to give Quebecers a first dose, but also to answer all their questions.

Lionel Carmant

The government wants to step up measures that have proven their effectiveness in the past, including pop-up vaccination clinics that will set up in areas where vaccination rates are considered low.

The first will be erected at the CLSC Sainte-Catherine, at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Sainte-Catherine streets in Montreal. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday without an appointment. Others will emerge elsewhere, particularly in Estrie and Chaudière-Appalaches, two regions where certain areas are poorly vaccinated, said the director general of executive and operational management of the pandemic, Daniel Paré.

No precise vaccination target has been announced, but Minister Delegate Carmant judges that “each dose given will be a gain”.

Right now, “around 540,000 people over the age of 18 still haven’t gotten their first dose,” says Mr. Carmant.

The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, advanced the number of 600,000 for adults on the set of Everyone talks about it, two weeks ago. According to Mr. Carmant, the people targeted fall into three categories. “There are those who think they don't need a vaccine because they think they are healthy. There is a group that is more marginalized because of literacy issues or cultural or other community issues. And there are the most vulnerable.”

Towards communication-closer-to-the-ground

There There is thus a desire for Quebec to come into more direct contact with the population. “We want to go into the field by explaining the benefits of vaccination with a positive approach,” says Mr. Carmant.

We will not go door to door, but we want to reach communities with the help of community organizations.

Lionel Carmant

The Minister Delegate also announces the creation of a platform called I contribute, for students who can register there to participate in the effort. They will join the teams already in place and to intensify the vaccination campaign and awareness. “Some will be able to be vaccinators or evaluators. Some could join the field teams to do canvassing, answer the phone. We want to insert them everywhere in the campaign.”

A telephone line will allow people to talk with a health professional about the factors contributing to their hesitation about vaccination. In addition, communication actions will be adapted to the targeted environments such as the use of the mother tongue of the people concerned, the use of community radio stations and personalities, from the environment for example.

To multiple Many times during press conferences, the political authorities addressed the unvaccinated and asked them to get vaccinated. According to the latest data from Health Quebec, the non-vaccinated in Quebec (zero dose or a dose less than 14 days) would be more than one million. As of January 23, 2,055 people have picked up a first dose.

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