With Quebec's vaccine passport system officially in effect, the Ministry of Health and Social Services has outlined two groups that can get vaccine passports even though they don't meet the typical requirements.
Those with "contraindications" that prevent them from getting a COVID-19 vaccine and those who participated in Medicago's clinical trial are being considered "exceptional cases," according to a press release from the ministry.
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A contraindication is a condition that significantly increases the risk of serious side effects from a vaccine. According to the ministry's website, this includes people with suppressed immune systems due to cancer or HIV.
If you had an immediate severe allergic reaction to your first vaccine dose, you might also qualify as having a contraindication.
To get a vaccine passport, people with contraindications will bring proof of their contraindication — which must be certified by a health professional authorized to make a diagnosis — to a vaccination clinic. A new option will soon be available for this on Clic Santé, the ministry said.
Once entered into the registry, these individuals will get a QR code. "The protection status of these individuals will be displayed in green, allowing them to access and participate in activities that require the vaccine passport," reads the ministry's statement.
Similarly, people who participated in the Medicago Inc. clinical trial for the research and development of a COVID-19 vaccine will receive a QR code despite Medicago not being one of five vaccines recognized by the Quebec government for the purposes of the vaccine passport.
The recognized vaccines are double doses of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Covishield or one dose of Johnson & Johnson.
The ministry said Medicago participants will receive more details shortly.
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccine and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.
Véronique Comtois, a spokesperson for the SPVM, told MTL Blog that there were no fines handed out during the protest and no arrests made as of Sunday at 12 p.m. But, two incidents that occurred at Saturday's protest remain "under investigation" — one act of mischief and another involving a fire in a chemical toilet.
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MTL Blog has confirmed with Elections Canada that no, you won't need to show your vaccine passport to vote in Montreal.
"Voters are not required to have their vaccine passport to vote," the agency's media relations confirmed. Polling stations are also not on the Government of Quebec's list of places that require the passport.
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Quebec health and social service workers need to be vaccinated by October 15 or risk suspension without pay. Premier François Legault and Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement Tuesday, citing an increase in cases and the threat of the Delta variant.
The measure applies to workers in both the public and private sectors.
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In a subsequent press release, the Ministry of Health said that the rule specifically targets workers with direct contact with patients, and other employees who have contact with those workers, including "physicians, midwives, professionals in private clinics, and volunteers."
The ministry further stated the measure will "primarily" apply in:
"local community service centres;
all public and private long-term care facilities;
"child and youth protection centres;
other "private institutions under contract" with the health and social services network;
"intermediate and family-type resources;
"private residences for seniors;
"family medicine groups;
"ambulance service licensees and the Corporation d'Urgences-santé;
"medical imaging laboratories offering public services;
"social economy enterprises in at-home care;"
and "certain community groups who provide services to vulnerable persons."
The government added that workers in these areas who do not present proof of vaccination or a contraindication (defined by the government of Canada as "a situation in which a drug, such as a vaccine, should not be used because the risk outweighs any potential therapeutic benefit") maybe be reassigned "if possible."
If they can't be reassigned or refuse to present vaccination proof, they "will not be able to return to work and will not receive any compensation," according to the ministry.
It added that as of August 25, 91% of health and social services workers had received a first dose, and 86% had received a second dose.