The third dose of vaccination in nursing homes: positive reactions in the region

A spokesperson for Morrissey’s Senior Private Seniors’ Homes, Richard Mezid supports the measure as long as the vaccine is offered on a voluntary basis.

In Shawinigan, the Château Bellevue residence has been saved from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. 97% of the population received two doses. The third dose is welcome, since no one wants to relive the confinement, explains the director of the foundation, Gaetan Daviau.

It’s heavy, but it’s not like the first wave as it was still so complicated, we didn’t know what to expect. But there, they know what to expect, and they know that if we don’t want to get sick, we’ll be safer..

Residents we met said they are ready to receive a third dose of the vaccine, and hope it will keep the virus out of the home’s walls, as it did a year and a half ago.

In Mauricie and Center-du-Québec, 16,000 people are eligible to receive the booster dose. Of these, 2,500 live in CHSLDs, 12,500 in housing for independent seniors and 900 in middle and family resources.

In the region, the vaccination schedule has not yet been established, but Health Minister Christian Dube spoke about the end of October.

The Center for Integrated University Health and Social Services in Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ) indicates that its vaccination teams will be deployed to CHSLDs and community settings.

With information from Julie Grenon

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