The possibility for Quebecers born in 1966 at the latest to be vaccinated against COVID-19 without an appointment as of this Thursday aroused enthusiasm at the start of the day.
Television footage showed people lined up at dawn to gain access to a walk-in clinic that offers AstraZeneca vaccine only.
Among these clinics, there are seven in Montreal, four in Montérégie, one in Laval, six in Estrie, two in Quebec and two others in Chaudière-Appalaches, in Lévis and in Saint-Georges, in Beauce.
In the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Côte-Nord, walk-in vaccination with the AstraZeneca product will begin on Friday.
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In Abitibi-Témiscamingue, there will be no AstraZeneca vaccine given the strains of variants circulating in this region.
On Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency both said the link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and certain rare blood clots caused by low platelet counts was becoming difficult to ascertain. ignore even if they couldn’t explain it yet.
The EMA said that as of April 4, it had received reports from the European Economic Zone and the UK of 222 cases of clots in the brain and digestive system, caused when the body develops an immune response that attacks platelets. This number of cases is based on 34 million doses administered.
The UK reported 79 clots as of March 31, in men and women aged 18 to 79. Nineteen of the cases were fatal. The UK has indicated that this is based on more than 20 million doses administered.
The British drug regulator did not recommend limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but the British counterpart of Canada’s NACI did, saying adults between 18 and 29 years old should receive the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech or the one. by Moderna.
Canada expects to receive approximately 6.4 million doses of AstraZeneca by the end of June.