September 16, 2021
Full vaccination will be required to access health and social services institutions in Quebec
Access to Health and Social Service Centres *new*
As of October 15, 2021, full vaccination (two doses) will be required for anyone wishing to enter health and social services facilities across Quebec. This policy will apply to all employees (administrative and clinical functions), caregivers and visitors.
Non-vaccinated patients will of course still be provided care. However, if they are accompanied by a person (for example, a caregiver) who is not vaccinated, that person will not be allowed to enter the facility.
Please note that in order to enter facilities on October 15, a person must have received their first dose by September 10 and their second dose by October 8.
Third dose of COVID-19 vaccination *new*
An additional dose of the messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine is recommended:
- for people on dialysis;
- for people with a weakened immune system, including:
- people receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy,
- people who are taking medication that affects their immune system,
- people living with HIV.
Those eligible for the additional vaccine can go to the walk-in vaccination clinics. They can also make an appointment online by selecting “COVID-19 Vaccine – 3rd dose” on the appointment platform by clicking here.
The INSPQ (Public health expertise and reference centre) does not currently recommend a 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine for residents of long-term care facilities.
A person who was vaccinated against COVID-19 in a country other than Canada and who received doses at less than the minimum interval should receive a 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the minimum interval from the invalid dose. For more information on the minimum interval for a vaccine not licensed in Canada, see the document Interim Recommendations for Persons Who Have Been Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Outside Canada (available in French only).
Travel and opening of borders for foreign nationals *new*
Please note that the Canada-U.S. border is closed to non-essential travel until September 21. Travel by land is therefore not possible. However, it is possible to travel to the United States by air.
Passengers travelling by air will be required to complete a virological test within three days prior to departure for the U.S. and to provide the airline with written documentation of the test results.
Fully vaccinated foreign nationals are allowed to enter Canada on a discretionary basis as of the dates listed below and according to the following criteria:
- As of August 9: U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are currently residing in the United States and who meet the criteria to be considered fully vaccinated
- As of September 7: All other foreign nationals who are considered fully vaccinated.
The three-night hotel stay requirement has been waived as of August 9, 2021 for all passengers arriving by air.
Vaccination passports are now mandatory in public places that provide non-essential services.
Vaccination passports are now required for people 13 years of age and older in public places that offer non-essential services, such as restaurants, bars, theatres, movie theatres, and workout rooms. Individuals from other provinces or countries will be able to present official proof of vaccination issued by the province or country of residence, as well as proof of identity with an address outside Québec.
Individuals who participated in the local Medicago vaccine trial and those with contraindications to vaccination against COVID-19 will be able to obtain a vaccine passport. Those with contraindications must receive a note from a doctor and present it at a vaccination centre. They can then register at the ClicSanté site under the new option.
List of places and activities requiring the COVID-19 vaccine passport:
- Outdoor events and festivals (50 people or more)
- Theatres, cinemas and sports venues
- Bars and restaurants, including terraces, except for drive-through and take-out
- Casinos and gambling houses
- Arcades, billiard halls, bowling alleys
- Indoor and outdoor activities at theme sites, amusement centers and parks, recreation centers, water parks, zoos
- Team sports or physical activities involving frequent or prolonged contact, played outdoors, including during an extracurricular activity
- Indoor sports or physical activities
If you don’t have a smartphone or don’t want to download the VaxiCode app, you may present your QR code in paper or PDF format. The app for merchants is called VaxiCode Verif and is available on the App Store and Google Play. More details on the vaccine passport and the VaxiCode App.
Services available through my riding office
My team and I are here to help and guide you through all the procedures related to the vaccination passport.
‘We can help you access your QR code, send it to you by e-mail, or print it out for you in paper format at our offices.’
Residents of the Westmount—Saint-Louis riding who are experiencing difficulties downloading their proof of vaccination and QR code may call us at 514-395-2929.
We can help you access your QR code, send it to you by e-mail, or print it out for you in paper format (full-size or wallet-size) at our offices. You can then either 1) pick up your document at our office (and meet our team and our MNA) or 2) send us your address so we can mail it to you.
Health measures in effect since August 1, 2021
Although Montreal is in Level 1 (prevention), some health measures are still in effect. To consult all the measures currently in place in the green zone, click here.
Newsletter from the MNA for Westmount-Saint-Louis
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My team and I are here for you. Do not hesitate to contact us if needed.
Jennifer Maccarone, Member of the National Assembly
1134 St. Catherine West, 8th floor, office 801
Montreal (Québec) H3B 1H4
514 395-2929 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jennifer Maccarone is the Official Opposition Critic for Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTQ2 and for People Living with Handicaps or Autism Spectrum Disorder.