77% of Montrealers 60+ have had vaccines or will in the next few days. There will be a push outside the city this week, but it's incongruous that overall QC shots are dropping even as more doses arrive. Time to hear the plan for the next phase. lapresse.ca/covid-19/2021-…
Spent a bit of time this morning looking at the U.S. which (as everyone knows) is well ahead of us. Surpising to see how many jurisdictions have drastically dropped age with only 30-35% first shot coverage.
With 30-35% first-shot covarage, NY and Michigan are both dropping to 16+ this week.
So far I haven't found a good explainer on whether that's good news because there's so much vaccination capacity, or a sign of trouble ahead on uptake.

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7 Apr
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s latest update recommends a four-month delay between first and second doses to cover as many people as possible, as long as the vaccine shortage persists. canada.ca/content/dam/ph…
The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health for the provinces, territories and Canada has sent out a statement endorsing the recommendation. No surprise given most of them have already adopted the long delay plan for most recipients.
NACI recommends going up to four months but emphasizes "second doses should be offered as soon as possible after all eligible populations have been offered first doses, with priority given to those at highest risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 disease."
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7 Apr
A few dorky details on QC vaccination I found interesting from today's briefing with Health Minister Christian Dubé that may only be interesting to me and @mattgurney.

(Some of you will scream "Excuses!" please just assume I've heard you already.) +
For starters, it takes 24-72 hours minimum for vaccines to get into arms after unloaded from planes, sent to the distribution centre, inventoried, divided up, trucked out.
Time varies by vaccine and location. +
Pfizer: Arrives in quantity, on time, like clockwork. The last shipment of 230,000 doses arrived April 4 and is already out to vaccination centres getting injected. “When you see we have 40,000 in a day, it starts with Pfizer,” the minister said. +
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6 Apr
My fellow Quebecers. Having watched what's going on in Ontario these weeks, I'm here to tell you our vaccination campaign is about to enter a new phase. A jealous phase. An angry phase. montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-may-vac…
In coming days, you will see friends and acquaintances with not-that-essential jobs, and not-really-chronic illnesses hopping in for a shot. toronto.ctvnews.ca/there-will-abs…
My advice: Take a deep breath. Consider how important it must be to them to get the shot. Be glad they're doing (sort of) their civic duty and getting vaccinated. ottawacitizen.com/opinion/adam-p…
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6 Apr
Premier Legault opens his newser by saying it's somewhat surprising how stable Montreal has remained, but they are bringing in new preventative measures because it is likely just a matter of time.
Red zones like Montreal are going back to half-time in-person high school for senior years. Extra curicular activities like sports off again. Gyms closing. Crowds max 25 in places of worship.
This is all going back to the state three weeks ago. The premier is crediting public health for having the courage to go backward with new facts on the ground.
(This is epic spin. He is the decider.)
Read 11 tweets
6 Apr
Using a rough version of @bcshaffer's sawtooth analysis, it appears to me Quebec has gone from using vaccines within three days of delivery as recently as April 1, to at least six days (and counting) now.

Hopefully our very secular Easter is now behind us.
Longer delivery times when vaccines are arriving in greater quantities wouldn't bother me if vaccination hadn't topped out nearly two weeks ago. (March 26!) covid19tracker.ca/provincevac.ht… Image
I made a mistake on my count in the first tweet, as kindly pointed out by @Pablonorm in his graphic below.

My point stands that this gap was shrinking and is now going to grow substantially unless shots ramp up quickly. Image
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6 Apr
Daniel Paré, the head of Quebec's vaccination campaign, told 98,5 this morning that 5,000 appointments were available but unused on the weekend in Montreal.

There are still 100,000 qualified people in Montreal who haven't booked yet.

No doses wasted, to be clear.
5,000 blank appointments is annoying but not a catastrophe. 100,000 people sitting on their hands is more concerning. Why?
This hesitancy is only going to grow as age groups get lower.
The part more bothersome than the 5000: Only 22,000 people got vaccinated in Quebec Sunday, despite what was supposed to be a push in the regions.

I understand it was a holiday, but the loss of momentum is bothersome. Anxious to see today's numbers.
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