Earlier today, public health confirmed two new priority groups for COVID-19 vaccines in Quebec: those under 60 years old with chronic illnesses and those with intellectual or physical disabilities, as well as those who are on the autism spectrum.
The provincial government has since issued a list specifically outlining which health conditions would allow you to qualify for a fast-track to a COVID-19 vaccine dose in Quebec compared to the general population.
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The list of chronic illnesses is as follows:
- Kidney failure requiring dialysis
- Severe immunosuppression
- Chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer
- Severe heart disease or lung disease
- Obesity (person with a body mass index of 35 or greater)
- Sickle cell anemia
- Down syndrome
- A medical condition causing a problem clearing respiratory secretions or with a risk of aspiration of secretions
- Cognitive impairment (dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease)
- Spinal cord injury (hemiplegia and quadriplegia)
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder and one of the conditions listed above
- Presence of more than one chronic disease
Quebec also announced that as of April 28, COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be made available to people with motor, speech, language, intellectual, visual, and auditory disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder.
Quebecers with chronic illnesses who want to receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can do so as of April 23 at 8 a.m.
Both groups can make vaccination appointments at pharmacies and vaccination sites through the ClicSanté website or by calling 1-877-644-4545.