"I feel like when people realize, 'Hey, I can actually book an appointment today,' they will get vaccinated quicker, and we will be able to move down the line and get vaccinated sooner, and ease up the restrictions," Laget said.
Vaxstat has features similar to Clic Santé, Quebec's official vaccine booking website and it also uses Clic Santé data.
The key difference is that Laget's website allows users to view every Quebec vaccination site with same-day or next-day appointments all at once while Clic Santé only shows nearby available appointments within seven days.
"I saw tweets from people thanking me because they were able to quickly find an appointment same-day through Vaxstat instead of checking all the centres on Clic Santé one by one, and that's really rewarding," said Laget.
Vaxstat also offers a map view and shows just how many spots are available within a seven-day period as well as showing appointments that were lost because they were available but not taken.
Laget said the site has had over 568,000 page views since it launched on April 5, and approximately 200,000 unique visitors, with the "Find an appointment" feature being most used by visitors.
Do something you enjoy (e.g. listening to music or reading)"
It's advised that if you choose to use a substance, it's better not to stock up on the product and "delay as long as possible the time of your first consumption of the day or stick to specific times (for example, only on weekends)."
A list of resources for substance abuse is provided on Santé Montréal's website, including calling Info-Social (811), which can help direct you to more specific resources based on your needs.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance use, help is available. You can click here for additional resources.
The provincial government is allocating $15 million to improve the quality of health care services for Indigenous Quebecers, Minister of Indigenous affairs Ian Lafrenière and Health Minister Christian Dubé announced in a press conference on November 6.
The move comes on the heels of widespread outrage over the treatment and death of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman who recorded staff at a Joliette hospital using racist and derogatory slurs toward her on Facebook Live.
It is also based on recommendations from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services, says a news release.
Lafrenière said the funding program, dubbed 'J'ai espoir,' is part of the government's plan to fight Indigenous racism and discrimination in Quebec.
With this approach, we hope to forge a new path that will improve our relationship with First Nations and Inuit [communities], and ensure quality services for all.
Quebec's minister of Indigenous affairs, Ian Lafrenière, in a press conference on November 6.
The funding is set to be allocated through the province's centres intégrés de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) and centres intégrés universitaires de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) networks over the next five years, said Dubé.
Avec @IanLafreniere : 15M$ pour que les communautés et nations aient accès de façon sécuritaire et équitable au rés… https://t.co/VyeWNBjTTx
The allocation also includes the addition of new liaison staff on-site in institutions to guide Indigenous peoples through Quebec's health care system. The 'navigators' will be recruited in partnership with First Nations organizations.
Dubé said the funding is the first step of the Indigenous reconciliation process in Quebec and is in line with the recommendations of First Nations advisors.
"We must implement measures that are necessary for First Nations [peoples] and Inuits so that they can have more equitable access to services and feel at ease," he said.
"I am very happy to be able to address important collective issues [and] I believe that it is urgent to [offer] concrete actions that will make a real difference."