Don Christmas Eve, 3,200 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 700 more were administered at Moderna Laboratories in Bas-Saint-Laurent. On Thursday, another 975 doses of Pfizer will be distributed, which will ensure that so many people are vaccinated by Monday. “At the moment, it’s a small proportion of our population,” acknowledges Bas-Saint-Laurent director of public health Sylvain Leduc. We are ready to be vaccinated. Everyone understands that the limiting factor right now is supply and it’s global. “
Vaccine acceptance rate
To date, vaccination coverage for CHSLD residents in Bas-Saint-Laurent is 93%. The vaccine acceptance rate is 97%. Vaccination of residents of a CHSLD unit in Chauffailles de Rivière-du-Loup is completed as soon as the current outbreak ends.
On the part of health workers, Dr Leduc has no statistics. But he knows that the percentage of acceptance of doctors who were offered the vaccine in Bas-Saint-Laurent is 100%. While the acceptance rate is excellent among other health workers, some still declined the vaccination offer. Sylvain Leduc cannot hide his misunderstanding about these employees who “want to wait and see what happens with this vaccine.” “When we have access to a vaccine that hundreds of millions of people are eager to have access to and we have access to, but we reject it, it’s questionable. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen often.” The regional director of public health repeats: “The only way out of this nightmare we have been in for ten months is not with a wave of magic wands. Vaccination coverage is needed in the population. Therefore, people must agree to be vaccinated and, even more so, when we work in the health network with vulnerable and sick people. Acceptance of vaccination is an important determinant to help us get out of this health crisis.
Sylvain Leduc specifies that so far no anaphylactic reaction has been reported among the thousands of vaccinated Bas-Laurentians. “That’s what shows us that this vaccine is safe.” Murielle Therrien, head of the vaccination campaign in Bas-Saint-Laurent, adds: “What we have been told about our workers is more minor pain at the injection site.” According to Dr Leduc, only eight anaphylactic reactions of the 166,000 Quebecers vaccinated occurred.
Uncertain resumption date
If Pfizer has informed you that the vaccine will not be delivered like any other part of Canada next week, Dr However, Leduc has not received any confirmation of a date regarding the resumption of supply. He says he is at peace with a one- or two-week break in this vaccination campaign. If necessary, the doctor estimates that the Bas-Saint-Laurent Center for Health and Social Services (CISSS) will be able to achieve its goal of “vaccinating as many people as possible with a first dose and ensuring that they receive their second dose in a within 90 days. ”“ For now, we are keeping the course on strategy. ”That doesn’t stop him from hoping that this break won’t last longer.
The arrival of doses of the Modern vaccine, which can be transported more easily, would help vaccination in residences for the elderly, in addition, very numerous in the territory. Subsequently, the priority group will be made up of people aged 80 or over who do not live in residences. “We want, before the arrival of spring, to be able to vaccinate our people aged 80 or over,” says the regional director of public health. In February, if we could have had the supply that was what we thought we had, we could have done it. But we will have to wait ”.
Keep the tone?
With less than ten cases a day, the epidemiological situation in Bas-Saint-Laurent is currently enviable. The Dr Leduc believes curfew and other health measures have contributed a lot. In addition, the public health specialist is concerned about the possibility of lifting the curfew beyond 8 February. “What will happen if we lift the curfew?” What is the message that people will understand? Does that mean we can meet in the evening after eight in the evening? If this is the message, what will we gain? There is some teaching to be done and there will certainly be control measures that we will need to take into account. There is a context that we will have to plan for. I remind you that we will be in the middle of winter, on February 8; we are not at all in a period of low virus transmission! ”
According to the doctor, curfew reduces the number of contacts between people. “Who tends to go out more between 8 and 5 in the morning? They are not as old as me! These are young people aged 17 to 29. They are the people who have the most contact and to whom the infection is most transmitted. Thus, the curfew, in this context, has a positive effect, with a certain number of efforts. “He also recalled that the imposition of a curfew, like all other measures, is the responsibility of the government and of the Prime Minister.