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Majority of Quebecers support mandatory health-care worker vaccination: Leger poll

Sep 18 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — More than three-quarters of Quebecers support mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, according to a new Leger poll, which also found strong support for vaccine passports across the country. Seventy-six per cent of survey respondents in Quebec said they support mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, including 57 per cent who said they strongly support […]

Majority of Quebecers support mandatory health-care worker vaccination: Leger poll

Sep 18 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — More than three-quarters of Quebecers support mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, according to a new Leger poll, which also found strong support for vaccine passports across the country. Seventy-six per cent of survey respondents in Quebec said they support mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, including 57 per cent who said they strongly support […]

Quebec vaccination head to take over deployment of COVID-19 rapid tests in schools

Sep 14 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The head of Quebec's COVID-19 vaccination strategy will oversee the deployment of rapid tests in schools after administrators criticized the rollout of the program. Daniel Paré will be responsible for ensuring that schools across the province have access to rapid COVID-19 testing, Health Minister Christian Dubé said Tuesday on Twitter. An association representing […]

Rising COVID-19 hospitalizations won’t overwhelm hospitals in short term: report

Sep 9 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are expected to rise across Quebec but shouldn't exceed dedicated capacity over the next two to three weeks, a government health-care research institute said Thursday. About 80 per cent of new COVID-19-related hospitalizations will occur in the Montreal area and surrounding regions, the Institut national d'excellence en santé et […]

Quebec launches COVID-19 vaccine passport system across province

Sep 1 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's vaccine passport system was launched on Wednesday, and while Montreal business owners said the day generally went well, they lamented the thought of turning potential clients away and increasing their employees' workloads. Hamid Kiani, the owner of bakery and café Vasconia Boulangerie in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, said he had already refused entry […]

Cybersecurity experts say Quebec vaccine passport safe, a model for the country

Aug 26 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Steven Lachance, a Montreal-based digital security analyst and entrepreneur, says he was worried when the Quebec government announced it would impose a vaccine passport system across the province to reduce COVID-19 transmission. But after he took a look at the smartphone applications that became available for download Wednesday, he said Quebec's system should […]

Quebec health-care unions concerned about government’s vaccine mandate

Aug 18 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Unions representing health-care workers in Quebec say they're concerned about the government's plan to force their members to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs. "We are a little surprised by the severity of the measure," Jérôme Rousseau, vice-president of the province's largest nurses union, said in an interview Wednesday.  The health-care professionals […]

Nursing grads say pandemic experience pushing them out of Quebec hospitals

Aug 15 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Nursing students and recent graduates from nursing programs in Quebec say working conditions in the province's public health-care system are pushing them into the private sector, further exacerbating a shortage of nurses in provincial hospitals. Audrey-Ann Bissonnette-Clermont, 27, graduated with a nursing degree a year ago. While she started her career in a […]

Vaccine passport debate would expose Quebecers to conspiracy theories: Quebec premier

Aug 12 2021 — Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec opposition parties say the provincial government's refusal to hold a debate in the legislature on its plan to impose a vaccine passport system reflects a larger problem with its use of emergency powers. On Thursday, Quebec Premier François Legault said a debate isn't needed on his government's decision to require Quebecers to […]