In what could possibly be the most fun experience you'll ever have getting a vaccine, Piknic Électronik is partnering with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Sunday, July 11.
The clinic is open to festival-goers as well as anyone visiting Parc Jean-Drapeau. Since it's no secret that drugs and alcohol go hand-in-hand with music festivals, we asked what you should you know if you're planning on getting a vaccine dose and also planning on being inebriated.
A Piknic Électronik spokesperson told MTL Blog that "there are no known interactions between vaccines and substance use (drugs and alcohol)."
Still, public health told us it does not recommend attending your vaccination appointment under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Annie Dufour, media relations advisor for the CIUSSS, gave us a few reasons why that is.
Firstly, she said the health care provider giving the vaccine needs informed consent from the person receiving it before administering the dose.
"Alcohol and drugs can impair the ability to fully understand the information given," she said.
Secondly, the side effects of excessive substance use and the side effects of drugs and alcohol may be the same, making it difficult to interpret "clinical manifestations" after vaccination.
In other words, how can you tell if you're feeling faint due to a reaction to the vaccine or due to too much booze?
She said health care professionals on-site will be able to assess whether a person can receive the vaccine.
According to Piknic, the location and time — from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the entrance to the site — were chosen strategically in order to ensure people can give their clear consent if they want to get vaccinated.
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At a press conference Monday, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that as of Tuesday, July 6, Quebecers will be able to move up their second vaccine dose appointment to a date between four and eight weeks following their first dose if they so choose.
Vaccine manufacturers recommend a minimum of four weeks between doses, the minister said.
He added that though Quebec public health officials still recommend a period of eight weeks between doses, they're giving "latitude" to residents to make their own decision about the interval — especially, Dubé continued, in light of the "threat" of coronavirus variants.
The move marks the second time that the government has allowed Quebecers to advance their second dose appointments.
In June, the government of Quebec cut the recommended interval between first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from 16 to eight weeks.
The Montreal Canadiens' executive vice-president, France Margaret Bélanger, has confirmed that the Habs and the Bell Centre are prepared to welcome 10,500 fans for Friday's Stanley Cup Finals game in Montreal and in discussions with Quebec's public health authorities to make that happen. But no decision has been made yet.
"We are at 3,500 people in the Bell Centre [...] and we asked about the possibility of obtaining 50% capacity, so, 10,500 people," she said at a press conference.