Quebecers over 85 in Montreal can receive a vaccine dose beginning next week

There are several mass vaccination sites across the city, including Montreals Olympic stadium, said Quebec Premier Francois Legault in an announcement Tuesday afternoon.

Those in the Greater Montreal Area born in 1936 or before (aged 85 and up) can start signing up Thursday and will be given first priority, Legault said.

Health-care professionals will confirm the date of the second shot when they get the first shot.

"Hope is here," said Legault. "We at last see the light at the end of the tunnel and we re not talking about the remote future."

Legault added that he was worried about March Break sparking a third COVID-19 wave.

Next week is March Break. I have to say that it worries us," said Legault. "We must avoid gatherings, to avoid a third wave. In a few weeks, we ll have vaccinated vulnerable people. We must continue our efforts. Until then, I m counting on you all.

He was joined by Health Minister Christian Dube and director of public health Dr. Horacio Arruda at a news conference.

More information for those 75 years and older and those in outside of Montreal will be announced in the coming days.

"We ll commit to do things within 90 days," said Dube. "If we can speed things up, we ll do it."

Dube said there are around 3,200 people trained to administer vaccines, but 1,000 additional people will be needed by May.
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