February 7th, 2021
A message from the office of Jennifer Maccarone, MNA for Westmount-Saint Louis
Thank you for reaching out to us about this important issue. We are aware that many of our constituents have been eager to know more about the vaccination program and how it will be administered. We hope the information below will be helpful.
In order to gather as much information as possible concerning the vaccination timetable, Ms. Maccarone has been in constant contact with our CIUSSS’ (CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, and CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-Montréal) and with the government. As of today, the Quebec Government has set a target of having 70% of health care workers and 70% of Quebecers vaccinated for COVID-19 over the coming months. The public vaccination program will begin after the priority groups have received their first vaccine. The long-term care residents (CHSLD and Intermediate Ressources) were first on that list and to date, all long-term care residents on the CIUSSS’ territory who consented and qualified for COVID vaccinations have received their first dose. Furthermore, vaccinations have also taken place on various sites, as per ministerial guidelines, such as Résidence Bonsecours, and at the shelters Chez Doris and Resilience Montreal
Next on the priority list are caregivers, and in the coming weeks, the CIUSSS will continue to vaccinate the staff at the Jewish General Hospital and they hope to begin vaccinating the next priority group now, namely the residents in private senior’s residences (RPA) and family-type resources (RTF’S).
As for the public vaccination program, planning is well underway. The CIUSSS has identified three different sites on the territory, which they expect to announce shortly. However, the start date of the campaign has not been finalized yet, as it depends primarily on the availability of the vaccines. You can share the website link below with any constituent who would like to have the most up to date information:
When the public vaccination program will start, the Quebec government has established the following order of priority for the public campaign:
1. People aged 80 and over
2. People aged 70-79
3. People aged 60-69
4. Adults under age 60 with risk of complication from COVID-19
5. Essential workers and other health care workers
6. Rest of the adult population
For the people aged 80 and over, the CIUSSS anticipates that they will begin vaccinations in March, but again this depends largely on the supply we receive from the Federal government. The vaccine appointments will be made by telephone or online through Clic-Santé. Contrary to popular belief, pharmacies will not be administering the vaccines. Citizens will have to present themselves at one of the sites to receive their dose. More information and publicity on this will be available once the campaign begins.
We hope this information was helpful to you and the citizens who reached out to you. We have established a contact list and will gladly include your name in an effort to provide updates on the vaccination timetable as soon as we receive them.
If you have any other questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact our office.