Quebec reports 821 new COVID-19 cases, 80% of which are inadequately vaccinated

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Quebec counted 837 new COVID-19 cases and not 821.

Quebec reported 821 new COVID-19 infections and three more deaths on Saturday.

Health officials say about 80 per cent of new infections involve people who are not adequately vaccinated — which means either not vaccinated or less than two weeks removed from a first dose.

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The number of people hospitalized due to the virus stands at 264, with 89 people in intensive care.

Quebec administered 19,662 vaccine doses on Friday and officials say 88 per cent of Quebecers aged 12 and older have received a first dose while 82 per cent have gotten both shots.

Over 12.8 million shots have been doled out in the province since the start of the immunization program.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé said more than 1,000 health-care workers were vaccinated on Friday as the Oct. 15 deadline to have all health-care workers in the province immunized approaches.

The province is remaining firm on the plan to have all sector employees adequately vaccinated by that deadline or face reassignment or suspension without pay.

The percentage of people aged 12 and over who have received a first dose stands at around 88 per cent, while approximately 82 per cent of Quebec’s population has received a second dose.

The seven-day rolling average for new cases stands at 751. There have been 402,283 cases since the start of the pandemic and 11,321 deaths.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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