MONTREAL -- As vaccinations for COVID-19 ramp up, more and more Montrealers can expect to roll up their sleeves soon and get a shot. Here’s what you need to know.

WHO CAN GET VACCINATED RIGHT NOW?

As of May 13, all Quebecers 18 and older are eligible to book an appointment for their first dose of the vaccine. The province is shifting its mass vaccination campaign to make vaccines available to the general public gradually after previously only limiting the doses to vulnerable populations in the first phase of the roll-out.

WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?

The general public will be eligible for the vaccine on a gradual basis. The schedule for vaccine elibility is based on age, as follows:

  •  April 30: ages 50 to 59
  •  May 3: ages 45 to 49
  •  May 5: ages 40 to 44
  •  May 7: ages 35 to 39
  •  May 10: ages 30 to 34
  •  May 12: ages 25 to 29
  •  May 14: ages 18 to 24

HOW WILL I FIND OUT WHEN I CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

The province is announcing when each new phase of the vaccine roll-out is beginning. Each group will hear in the news when it’s their turn.

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

People can sign up for a vaccine appointment on Clic-Santé, the Quebec COVID-19 vaccination campaign website, or by calling 1-877-644-4545.

The phone line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING?

For most vaccines, appointments are mandatory in order to receive a shot. However, the province has in the past offered doses to people without an appointment at select vaccination centres, such as the Palais des congres in downtown Montreal and the Montreal airport.  

The vaccine is free to recieve, and you do not need a Quebec health-care card to get a dose, though if you do have a card you must use it.

WHO HAS ALREADY GOTTEN THE VACCINE?

Vaccinations started in late 2020 for front-line health care workers and residents in long-term care homes, as well as those in isolated communities.

COVID-19 vaccinations in Quebec started in mid-December, with the first shot administered to an 89-year-old resident in the St-Antoine CHSLD.

As of May 14, Quebec has administered 4.1 million doses, meaning that 46 per cent of the population has been vaccinated with a first dose. 

WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?

The shots are being given out at mass vaccination centres set up across Montreal and the province. As of March 22, more than 300 pharmacies in Montreal are offering vaccination appointments to eligble residents. Visit the Quebec COVID-19 vaccination campaign website or call 1-877-644-4545 for more information. 

For now, vaccinations are not being administered during home visits. People have to visit a designated vaccination site to get their shot until in-home vaccinations have been made available. 

When making your appointment, the booking website or the person answering the booking phone line will use your postal code to determine which site is closest to you, or they may be able to book you at a site of your choice.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

If you have a medicare card, you will need it when you book your appointment and when you show up to receive the vaccine. People who do not have a medicare card are asked to bring another form of ID. 

You should also bring a list of medications you take and discuss them with the health care provider.

HOW CAN I GET TO MY VACCINATION SITE?

Mylène Drouin, regional director of Montreal Public Health, said that the city will work with community organizations to help seniors with mobility issues get to their appointment if they require assistance.

People who require assistance can call the vaccine campaign phone number at 1-877-644-4545. 

WHEN DO I GET MY SECOND DOSE?

Health-care professionals will confirm the date of your second dose of the vaccine after administering the first shot.

Quebec public health officials have said that provincial advisors have recommended a prolonged COVID-19 vaccination schedule of up to 90 days between the first and second dose -- more than double what a national advisory committee recommended, though the committee later said it didn't object to Quebec's plan.

Quebec authorities said recently the early data suggests the single dose on its own is providing good protection, despite the second-dose delay.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

You can find information about the province’s vaccine plan by visiting the campaign website or by calling 1-877-644-4545.