Quebec announces that infected health workers will continue to work under certain conditions

Health Minister Christian Dubé also announced that the general population will be able to start reserving booster vaccines from January 4.

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Under certain conditions, healthcare workers in Quebec who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to return to work, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced on Tuesday.

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Details of those conditions, which Dubé says will depend on priority and risk management, will be released in the coming days.

Decisions will be made “on a case-by-case, region-by-region, hospital-by-hospital, CHSLD-by-CHSLD,” he said.

“The contagion from Omicron is so exponential that a large number of personnel have to be withdrawn and that represents a risk to the network’s ability to treat Quebecers.”

Dubé said the Health Ministry met with health and public health unions and associations before the announcement.

He added that in past waves, health care personnel who had been exposed to COVID-19 were quickly identified and removed from work, but that the high level of vaccination among staff (98 percent are fully vaccinated) has allowed the ministry change the paradigm surrounding infected workers.

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Dubé also announced that a new group of Quebecers will be eligible for booster vaccines starting Wednesday, including school personnel, community health and social service groups, public safety workers, MAPAQ inspectors and workers from the slaughterhouses.

The general population under 60 years of age will be able to reserve reinforcements between January 4 and 21, depending on their age. The priority will work in a similar way as it did with the first two doses of vaccine, at five-year intervals.

Eligibility for Booster Dose Appointment

  • December 29, 2021:
    • School staff
    • public safety workers
    • social organizations in the health and social services sector
    • certain employees working in the agriculture, fisheries and food sector (inspectors and slaughterhouse personnel)
    • private sector health workers and other health workers (social economy companies providing home services, palliative care, etc.)
  • January 4, 2022: 55-59 years
  • January 6, 2022: 50 to 54 years
  • January 10, 2022: 45-49 years
  • January 12, 2022: 40-44 years
  • January 14, 2022: 35-39 years
  • January 17, 2022: 30-34 years
  • January 19, 2022: 25-29 years
  • January 21, 2022: 18 years or older

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