The government is hoping to use a Quebec vaccination lottery to entice more residents to book appointments to get their COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Here's everything you need to know about who can participate, how and when.
Who can participate?
There will be two groups: one for adults and one for tweens and teens aged 12 to 17.
For people with at least one vaccine dose, there will be weekly draws for both age groups between August 1 to August 27, 2021.
A September 3 draw open to Quebecers with two vaccine doses will have bigger prizes for both adults and youth participants.
According to a July 16 press release, to be eligible for the lotteries participants must:
"have received the vaccine in Quebec;"
have had "a confirmed diagnosis of COVID 19 and received a dose of vaccine;"
or "have received a vaccine recognized by Health Canada outside Quebec and have had the administration of this vaccine recognized"
"The first dose must be received by August 3 and the second dose by August 31," the Ministry of Health states.
When are the vaccination lottery draws?
Weekly draws will take place in August for people with at least one vaccine dose. They will be on Fridays: August 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Winners will be announced the Tuesday after each draw, according to the government website.
The final draw, open only to people with two doses, will take place on September 3. The announcement of the winner will follow later in the day.
Participants will need to register on a "Vaccine Proof Portal" by 11:59 p.m. the day before each of the weekly draws in August and by 11:59 p.m. August 31 for the September 3 draw. The ministry stipulates that for participants in the 12-17 age group, a parent or guardian must "register on the portal and consent to the minor's participation."
Registration will open on July 25. The government promises to announce more details and rules before then.
What's are the vaccination lottery prizes for Quebec adults?
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"Administering an additional dose, ideally of a messenger RNA vaccine, provides better protection against COVID-19 where there is widespread circulation of the Delta variant," the government states online.
A third dose should be administered "four weeks or more" after a second dose. People living in private seniors' residences, CHSLDs and RI-RTF should get their third dose six months after their second, the government says.
The additional dose is needed even if the individual was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past.
Individuals may go to a walk-in vaccination clinic or make an appointment on the Clic Santé portal.
A recent post on the agency's official Twitter account states that "the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will now be named Comirnaty, the Moderna vaccine will be named SpikeVax, and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria."
(1/4) Health Canada has authorized brand name changes for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
— Health Canada and PHAC (@Health Canada and PHAC)
Health Canada asserted that "these are only name changes. There are no changes to the vaccines themselves."
Canada has four approved vaccines: Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), SpikeVax (Moderna), Vaxzervia (AstraZeneca), and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
"All COVID-19 vaccines authorized in Canada are proven safe, effective and of high quality," Health Canada wrote on Twitter.