By Matthew McCully
Anyone born in 1966 or earlier can now make an appointment for the AstraZeneca vaccine in one of the designated locations in the Estrie, or head over to the Centre de Foires in Sherbrooke between 5 and 8 p.m. on April 16, 17, 18, and 20 to receive the vaccine without an appointment.
The CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS is reminding anyone who previously made an appointment but opts for a walk-in AstraZeneca shot to cancel their previous appointment. Doing so would free up an estimated 4,500 slots in the coming days and weeks, the health authority said.
For anyone looking for more information about the vaccines being administered at the moment, the Quebec Public Health Institute now has data posted on its website about reactions to the various brands of vaccines.
So far, the province has vaccinated 2,145,925 people (25.1 per cent of the population).
Among those, 1,154 people had a reaction (in French, known as manifestations cliniques inhabituelles or MCI) to a vaccine (66 for every 100,000 people). The reactions range from minor, like skin irritation at the injection site, to severe.
Moderna has the highest instance of reactions at 653 (215.5 for every 100,000 doses given) though the majority are mild in nature. The INSPQ reported AstraZeneca having 117 reactions (104.4 per 100,000 doses given). Pfizer, which accounts for the bulk of the province’s vaccine supply to date, reported 384 reactions (29.0 per 100,000 does).
More details are available on the public health institute’s website under the vaccinations tab at www.inspq.qc.ca.
Quebec reported 1,513 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of people infected to 332,544. There are currently 14,018 active cases in the province. There were 15 new deaths reported in the last day, bringing the total to 10,778 since the beginning of the pandemic. Hospitalizations increased by one for a total of 661, and 159 patients are in intensive care, and increase of seven from the day before.
In the Estrie, 38 new cases were reported, bringing the local total to 12,555 since the beginning of the pandemic. There are presently 400 active cases in the region. No new deaths were reported, the total remained stable at 324.
The province is now reporting 19,227 cases of COVID-19 variants, 375 of which in the Estrie.