Caregivers aged 70 and over who regularly visit CHSLDs in the province will also be vaccinated as a priority, announced Quebec on Tuesday.
Thus, informal caregivers will be on an equal footing with residents and staff working in CHSLDs and private residences for the elderly in the order of priority established for the distribution of vaccines in the province.
“Caregivers who provide regular support to a resident housed in a CHSLD will be able to be offered the vaccine when vaccination activities are carried out on site”, detailed the government, specifying that family caregivers must be aged at least 70 years old and go to CHSLDs at least three times a week to be eligible.
In addition, only one caregiver per resident can be vaccinated as a priority.
“We have a responsibility to vaccinate the most at-risk clienteles first. That some of the caregivers will be able to access it so quickly, in Quebec, is excellent news ”, commented the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, in a press release.
Caregivers under the age of 70 or who are less frequent in CHSLDs will have to reach for the vaccination campaign to be extended to larger sections of the population, as the doses become available.