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Quebec will authorize gatherings of 20 vaccinated people in homes from December 23;  eligibility for booster injections is expanded

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Quebec will authorize gatherings of 20 vaccinated people in homes from December 23; eligibility for booster injections is expanded

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Just in time for the holidays, Quebec said on Tuesday it would allow private gatherings of up to 20 people vaccinated at home from December 23 as part of another easing of public health restrictions.

Currently, only 10 people from a maximum of three households are allowed in private homes. Other previously announced public health restrictions, including the wearing of masks in public places, remain in effect.

Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement during an update on the fight against the coronavirus at a press conference alongside the Director of Public Health, Dr Horacio Arruda, who recommended the news measure.

“However, public health asks us to continue to limit our contacts if we want to continue to control the virus,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“At this time,” there is no end date for the new rally limit and no immediate plan to overturn the settlement, Dubé said, although public health will be monitoring the situation.

So why the change? Arruda said there were several reasons he recommended doubling the home assembly limit, the first being the stabilization of hospitalization cases in recent weeks. While the number of new daily cases surpassed 1,000 recently, hospitalizations have remained mostly stable.

There is also the good news that Omicron does not circulate locally in Quebec, according to a “point survey” of cases of November 30.

Another reason, cited by Arruda, was the results of a Monday night meeting with health on COVID-19 modeling in Quebec, which are expected to be made public on Thursday.

If people want to socialize with someone at a home gathering who is not vaccinated, Arruda said existing public health measures should be followed, including wearing a face mask and walking away physical.

“We strongly recommend not to have unvaccinated people in these gatherings for obvious reasons,” Dubé added.

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The province said it will also offer third ‘booster’ injections of the coronavirus vaccine to health workers, people with chronic illnesses and pregnant women – about one million more people – starting Tuesday, and to people aged 60 and over in January. People aged 70 and over are also currently eligible to make an appointment for a booster injection.

Eligible people should continue to wait six months from their second dose before receiving their booster injection. Appointments can be made by visiting the Clic Santé website.

The Minister of Health said that there are still 640,000 people in Quebec who are eligible to be vaccinated but have not yet been vaccinated. About a month ago that number was just over 700,000.

It’s a developing story that will be updated.


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