COVID-19 vaccination

This section will be updated as the situation continues to evolve. Please check this page regularly.

Vaccination in Montreal is now for the following groups:

How can an appointment be made for a vaccine?

Only those with an appointment will be vaccinated onsite.

Appointments can be made online through  quebec.ca/covidvaccine or by telephone at 514-644-4545 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To meet public health requirements and ensure social distancing, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your vaccination appointment. This will avoid unnecessary line-ups and help ensure vaccinations are administered efficiently and effectively.

A health care card is not required to make an appointment but recommended. Vaccination is free.

Where can residents get vaccinated?

Mass vaccination sites

Parc-Extension area

  • MIL campus of Université de Montréal: 1375 Thérèse-Lavoie-Roux Avenue
    every day from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
    Free parking. The site is accessible from the Acadie métro station, via a pedestrian bridge.
     
  • CLSC de Parc-Extension: 7085 Hutchison Street
    Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Walk-in site for people ages 55 to 79 years old

  • Bill-Durnan Arena: 4988 Vézina Street
    every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Entrance is located at the back of the arena. Please follow the arrows.

Côte-des-Neiges area

  • Décarie Square shopping center: 6900 Décarie Boulevard
    every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Free indoor and outdoor parking.

Additional vaccination sites on CIUSSS West Central Montreal territory

  • Montreal General Hospital:
    1650 Cedar Avenue, Livingston Hall (L6-500)
    every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
     
  • Glen site: 1001 Décarie Boulevard, Atrium of the Research Institute of the MUHC
    every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All sites offer wheelchair accessibility.

Do the residents of our CIUSSS have to make an appointment at the vaccination site closest to their home?

Residents are free to make an appointment at whatever site they prefer.

Is it obligatory to have a health card to be vaccinated?

All residents are eligible to be vaccinated. If you have a health card, please bring it with you. If you do not, please bring identification demonstrating that you meet the specific criteria to be vaccinated.

Can caregivers be vaccinated?

The Government of Quebec’s policy says that the person who accompanies a person who is 60 years of age or older to a vaccination appointment may get the vaccine at the same time if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are 60 years of age or older and provide support for someone who is over 60 years of age 3 or more days per week;

Vaccination will only be available to one caregiver per person in the targeted age group.

How do caregivers arrange to be vaccinated?

Caregivers who meet the criteria must make an appointment in advance either online or by telephone. The caregiver must register at the same time as the person for whom they are caring. The web site  quebec.ca/covidvaccine allows individuals to make multiple appointments so that the person in the targeted group and their caregiver can be vaccinated at the same time and place.

Priority groups for vaccination

  1. Vulnerable people and people with a significant loss of autonomy who live in residential and long-term care facilities (CHSLDs) or in intermediate and family-type resources (RI‑RTFs);
  2. Workers in the health and social services network who have contact with users;
  3. Autonomous or semi-autonomous people who live in private seniors' homes (RPAs) or in certain closed residential facilities for older adults;
  4. Isolated and remote communities;
  5. People 80 years of age or older;
  6. People 70 to 79 years of age;
  7. People 60 to 69 years of age;
  8. Adults under 60 years of age who have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications of COVID‑19;
  9. Adults under 60 years of age who do not have a chronic disease or health problem that increases the risk of complications, but who provide essential services and have contact with users;
  10. The rest of the adult population.

If you are not part of the group currently being vaccinated, please do not call or go to a vaccination site to get yours. You will be informed when your age group can begin to make appointments.

Facts about the AstraZeneca vaccine

The AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 has been approved for use by Health Canada.

It is now available to anyone over the age of 55.

Everyone in this age group who has yet to be vaccinated is encouraged to come to the Bill Durnan Arena, where you can receive the vaccine WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.

The vaccine, developed by researchers at Oxford University and AstraZeneca, has been shown to be extremely effective against COVID-19: 100% effectiveness at preventing severe disease or death in clinical trials.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has already been widely administered in Europe. A rare but serious blood clot was observed in small numbers of patients after this vaccine was administered. As of the end of March, among more than 20 million people who have been given AstraZeneca across Europe, there had been 79 cases, and 19 deaths,making for a risk of about four in one million of developing a blood clot, and one in a million of dying. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has affirmed its safety and efficacy and recommends it. Of those countries that had temporarily suspended its use, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain have resumed dosing.

It is important to note that the clotting problem has been connected with two batches of the vaccine. No doses from these batches have been sent to Canada.

The World Health Organization has affirmed, “The WHO considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks, and recommends that vaccinations continue.”

Quebec’s Ministry of Health has determined, “At this time, there is no information to suggest that the AstraZeneca vaccine carries a higher risk than any other vaccine.” Moreover, no adverse events associated with this vaccine have been reported in Canada. As a precaution, the use of AstraZeneca has been suspended for people under 55 years of age until expert assessments of the cause of the adverse events is completed.

Conclusion

Worldwide to date, more than 2.8 million people have died of COVID-19, including more than 23,000 in Canada, with more than 10,700 of those deaths in Quebec. Nearly 320,000 Quebecers have been infected with COVID-19.

Loved ones have been lost. Lives have been upended. The economy has been devastated. The development of effective vaccines, including that produced by AstraZeneca, is the best hope for ending this global pandemic.

Health authorities in Quebec and Canada have approved the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. All Quebecers are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

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