Months later, the recalcitrant come to get their first dose

Months later, the releasers come to get their first dose

MISE & Agrave; DAY

They resisted out of conviction, fear or simply because they did not care. But thousands of Quebecers are receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine these days, in the hope of regaining some freedom.

In the Knights of Columbus room in L’Ancienne-Lorette last Tuesday, unvaccinated young people mingled with seniors who had come to get their third dose to prolong the effectiveness of the vaccine. “It will allow us to 'touch' longer,” said an octogenarian as she stepped out into the biting cold of November. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

Another senior was surprised to see so much people get their first injection. “I counted about seven out of ten around me,” he told the Journal . & Nbsp; & nbsp;

The mass vaccination campaign has been over since the end of August, but between 1,500 and 2,500 people still receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine every day. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

” Social pressure ”

In L'Ancienne-Lorette, the unvaccinated were mainly adolescents and young adults. & Nbsp;

All explained that the constraints on leisure has finally convinced them to come and be vaccinated. “For me, it's just social pressure, nothing else,” says Dave, 33. Like the other people he met, he did not want to be identified. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

He says that his girlfriend wants to go back to eating out and “go out more”, while Quebec is gradually deconfining. Dave was fine with having meals delivered to the house. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

A few minutes earlier, Jérôme, 22, had a similar speech. Like many interviewees, he could live with the vaccination passport, but the lure of travel overcame his fears. “I want to be able to get out of the country to enjoy the warm weather, rather than the gloomy weather we have now,” he says. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

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Neither enthusiastic nor conspiratorial

Of the ten people we met at L'Ancienne-Lorette, none held an elated speech against the vaccine or with conspiratorial overtones. & Nbsp;

“I didn't need it. Do you get the flu shot every year? No, yet there are people who die of the flu, ”says Dave. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

Several also said they were initially worried about a rapidly developed vaccine. “It was mostly the stranger that scared me,” said a 23-year-old. Fully vaccinated for two weeks, she accompanied her friend whom she convinced to receive her first dose. “When you did, it's just an injection,” she points out. & Nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

Only Samuel, 15, was strongly opposed to the vaccine. Like all his family, he had so far refused to roll up his sleeve. But the upcoming opening of the ski slopes finally convinced this snowboard fan. “You might have lived, if you haven't,” he said resignedly. & Nbsp;

Epidemic of the unvaccinated

On Wednesday, the Minister of Health recalled that the recent increase in COVID-19 cases is mainly attributable to the unvaccinated. “If I have a concern, in Quebec, these are my unvaccinated regions,” said Christian Dubé. The Outaouais, Estrie and Abitibi-Témiscamingue are particularly exposed. & Nbsp;

In fact, Dr. Gaston De Serres, medical consultant at the INSPQ, affirms that the approximately 9% of Quebecers aged 12 and over who are still unprotected will inevitably develop the disease in the coming years. “These people are going to get the infection. The question is not whether they will do it, it's when they will do it, ”he explained this week on LCN. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

< p>And Mr. Dubé points out that the resources are decreasing to vaccinate the latecomers. “With the influenza, and the young people that we will do very soon when we are going to have the authorization, I can tell you that in the month of December I do not have the same pool of vaccinators that I had at the stronger from the crisis this summer, “he said. & nbsp; & nbsp;

Poorly vaccinated subgroups * & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

TÉMISCAMINGUE & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 30-34 years: 37% & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • 25-29: 43% & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • 18-24 years old: 48% & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • 35 -39 years old: 51% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

KAWAWACHIKAMACH (Naskapi reserve land, North Shore) & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 18-24: 48% & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • 12-17 years old : 51% & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • 25-29 years: 51% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

HAUT-SAINT-MAURICE & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 25 years – 29 years: 51% & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • 18 years – 24 years: 53% & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • 30-34 years: 56% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

PONTIAC (Outaouais) & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 25-29 years: 52% & nbsp; & nbsp;
  • 30 years – 34 years: 52% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp ;

NORD-DU-QUÉBEC & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 18-24 years old: 53% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

BASSE-CÔTE-NORD & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 30-34 years: 53% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp ;

ASBESTOS (Estrie) & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 25-29 years old: 54% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

ETCHEMINS (Chaudière-Appalaches) & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 25-29 years old: 55% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

ARGENTEUIL (Laurentides) & nbsp; & nbsp ;

  • 30-34 years old: 55% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

HAUT-SAINT-LAURENT (Montérégie) & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 25-29 years: 56% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

CÔTE-DES-NEIGES – METRO – PARC-EXTENSION (Montreal) & nbsp; & nbsp;

  • 12-17 years old: < strong> 57% & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

* By Local Service Area Network (RLS)

Source: Ministry of Health and Social Services

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