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Quebec says some regions running out of COVID-19 vaccine, but new shipments coming


MONTREAL – Quebec says four regions of the province have few or no doses of COVID-19 vaccine remaining as it awaits new shipments.

The Health Department said today in a statement the province is vaccinating faster than it is receiving doses, adding that the speed of vaccination depends on the deliveries organized by the federal government.

Quebec says as of this morning, the Gaspe region, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Nord-du-Quebec and the James Bay Cree Nation territories are out or almost out of vaccine; the province expects new deliveries Friday or Saturday.

Four other regions had almost used up all their doses but received new supplies Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the province is reporting 2,132 new cases of COVID-19 today and 64 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including 15 that occurred in the previous 24 hours.

One death previously attributed to COVID-19 was removed from the total after it was determined to be unrelated. Quebec has reported a total of 236,827 infections and of 8,878 deaths linked to the virus.

Jean Morin, a spokesman for the Gaspe region’s health authority, said today the vaccination campaign was going “exceedingly well” despite the fact nearly all the doses have been used.

Morin says there are logistical challenges to vaccinating people in the vast and thinly populated region, including having to transport people to clinics to receive their shots.

He says he expects the highest-priority groups in the region will be vaccinated by the end of January.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2021.

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