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The brave first children to be vaccinated against COVID were delighted to receive their first dose to finally hug their beloved grandparents fearlessly this holiday season.
“I am really happy because I will be able to see my grandparents and all the other people in my family that I have not seen because of COVID,” said Charlotte Benson, 10, who came to be vaccinated yesterday morning, with her little sister, Violette, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
The launch of the major vaccination campaign for children aged 5 to 11 began yesterday across Quebec. In Montreal, it was at the Palais des congrès that about 500 children could come to receive their very first dose. Yesterday, 210 doses were administered to children at the Palais des congrès.
Arthur Sorin (9 years old) and his mother, Dorothée Philippon
On site, the site had been prepared so that the children were in a quiet place. Unicorn, butterfly, flower or fish stickers had been put everywhere, some nurses were in disguise and there was even the little dog, Bémol, who was present to soothe the children.
By the time we got their information, they could even play a few search-and-find games to change their minds.
Despite the fear of needles, it is above all because they are very anxious to find, with more security, their grandpas and grandmas that they have not hesitated to be injected.
” I was waiting for that because I wanted to go back to France to see my grandparents at Christmas and now I will be able to go there ”, rejoiced the young Louis Le Clech-Hétu, 8 years old, who would have liked to see a pony after having got his vaccine.
The pet therapy dog, Bémol, and Louis Le Clech-Hétu (8 years old)
Same story for Ayana, 8 years old.
“My parents encouraged me to come because that way we could no longer go see my grandmother who is a little older,” she said.
For other children, it is also the possibility of finding a more normal life that prompts them to brave their fear of the needle.
“I was really looking forward to it because that way we will be able to redo activities like before COVID! I will be able to take ballet lessons and go to restaurants and even celebrate my birthday even bigger, ”said Rosa Lymberiou, 7 years old.
For others, it's to overcome their fears of the virus and the disease.
“I'm happy because now I have reduced my chances of having the disease that has scared me for a year. I've been waiting for this for a long time, ”explained 11-year-old Nils Blais.
For their part, the parents were very happy to see that the health workers were very attentive to the needs of their offspring.
“They were really nice [with the children], it was really very well organized and there were no expectations,” said Marie Le Clech, mother of little Louis.
For her part, René Jobidon, a dentist who has been helping the vaccination campaign since March 2021, was very happy to participate in the vaccination of children.
“As a dentist we are used to having anxious children today. I prick them in the arm rather than in the mouth, ”he said.
According to Jean Nicolas Aubé, spokesperson for the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, the vaccination campaign should accelerate, because the vaccination capacity is around 1000 doses per day for this site intended for children.
Yesterday evening, it was necessary to wait until next Monday to succeed in obtaining an appointment at the Palais des congrès, however the time slots of other clinics, such as the Olympic Stadium, are available.
If the vaccination campaign for children gets off to a flying start, the looming shortage of vaccinators could cast a shadow over the picture. In Quebec City, he could run out of arms as early as January, because of the resumption of work for some health workers who took part in the war effort.
In Montreal, the spokesperson for the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, Jean Nicolas Aubé, declined to comment on the situation, which is “still very distant”.
◆ In less than 24 hours, more than 143,000 appointments were made on the Clic Santé platform, including 25,000 in Montreal.
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