Hey, mother nature, we thought we were over this snow business. I guess not. Urg! Well, looks like Montrealers will have to deal with the fluffy white wet stuff for yet ANOTHER day in April. After all this is Canada, eh! Try and "enjoy" the photos captured of this morning's unexpected snowfall.
The Vaccine Hunters use a number of digital tools to source information on available vaccine appointments from public health providers, pharmacists, clinics, and the public before sharing it on Twitter.
Gagnon-Voyer, who runs an e-commerce company when he's not volunteering, explained the group lets people know about available shots through a Twitter account and Discord platform.
"It feels great to make a small contribution to the effort," said Gagnon-Voyer.
"We often get messages from people when they need assistance and are unsure about the process. Then we hear back from them a few days later after they get vaccinated and they are very thankful. It always feels like a win."
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
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Gagnon-Voyer joined the Vaccine Hunters after noting a lack of information on Quebec’s vaccine rollout on the organization’s accounts while trying to secure coronavirus vaccine appointments for his parents and in-laws, he said.
Not long after he began sending advice on Quebec’s vaccine rollout to the group’s founders, Gagnon-Voyer was offered a formal role.
"The interesting part is that I don't actually live in Quebec (I'm in Toronto) but I'm originally from Quebec City and always follow Quebec news so I have a good idea of what is happening," he said.
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People seem happier with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Quebec than in Ontario
As a Quebec contributor, his role is to share information about vaccine distribution in the province in both English and French on social media.
He also keeps track of announcements from local Centres intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) and shares tips he receives on the appointment process in different regions of Quebec.
"Our role in Quebec is more to help with sharing the news about walk-in clinics that are sometimes announced a bit last minute or not widely shared in the media, or just to tell people when new spots are available [on Clic Santé]," he continued.
Vaccine Hunters Canada began in Ontario after its founder became frustrated by the province’s sometimes complex vaccine booking process, but Quebecers have been happier with their vaccine rollout, he noted.
"Being based in Toronto but following Quebec news on vaccination, I can see that there is a world of difference between both provinces," said Gagnon-Voyer.
"Overall Quebec has a much better system [the Clic Santé platform] that helps to centralize the majority of vaccine appointments in the province, which makes things easier."
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Since its foundation, Vaccine Hunters Canada has grown to dozens of contributors and a community of thousands "all doing what we can to get shots in arms," said Gagnon-Voyer.
"Our goal is just to help more people to figure out how to get a vaccine," he said.
"We aren't really there to criticize the politics behind it, we are there to help fill a need. We realized that there is a strong demand from Canadians to know where the next vaccine clinics are and if they fit within the list of criteria to get access to the vaccine, and we are there to help."
Revenu Québec typically charges a 5% penalty on the balance not paid by the deadline plus 1% for every full month your return is late for a maximum of 12 months.
COVID-19 relief benefits
Canadians and Quebecers who received federal or provincial COVID-19 emergency benefits, including CERB and Employment Insurance — whose taxable income does not exceed $75,000 — will not be charged interest on any outstanding tax debt for 2020 until April 30, 2022.
"That means that any individual who received some form of COVID-19 relief benefit and owes money on their 2020 tax return will qualify for relief as long as their taxable income is no more than $75,000," Cabral said.
"Don't put off filing taxes because you’re worried you might owe money, or because you still don’t have all your tax slips. If you have amounts due, make sure to call the CRA or Revenu Québec to make a payment plan. [They] will cut off any interest as long as you respect the payment plan."
The province is separating the general population into seven age groups. Beginning on April 30, a new age group will be eligible to make a vaccine appointment every couple of days.
Since the province prioritized Quebecers who were most vulnerable to COVID-19 — including the elderly, individuals with chronic illnesses, and those with disabilities — general population vaccination begins with Quebecers aged 50 to 59.
As you can see from the calendar...
Quebecers aged 50-59 can make an appointment on April 30
Quebecers aged 45-49 can make an appointment on May 3
Quebecers aged 40-44 can make an appointment on May 5
Quebecers aged 35-39 can make an appointment on May 7
Quebecers aged 30-34 can make an appointment on May 10
Quebecers aged 25-29 can make an appointment on May 12
Quebecers aged 18-24 can make an appointment on May 14
What this means is that on the week of May 3, people aged 49 to 45 will be able to gradually book a vaccination appointment, then on May 5 for people aged 44 to 40 and May 7 for aged 39 to 35.
The following week, as of May 10, which Dubé has dubbed "The Week of the Young," 30 to 34-year-olds can book appointments, followed by 25 to 29 year-olds on May 12, and finally, 18 to 24 year-olds on May 14.
"We'll be able to offer the first dose to all adult Quebecers from now until the 24th of June," said Dubé.
How do I sign up to get my first vaccine dose in Quebec?
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