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COVID-19 Vaccines Continue Across the Lower North Shore


​A press briefing was held this afternoon by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Côte-Nord (CISSS de la Côte-Nord) regarding the COVID-19 situation on the North Shore. The press briefing was led by Dr. Richard Fachehoun, medical specialist in public health and preventive medicine, Mr. Claude Lévesque, interim president and CEO of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, and Priscilla Malenfant, director of the program to support the autonomy of the elderly (SAPA).

In the past week 18 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, for a total of 25 cases on the North Shore since January 1st. There are currently 17 active cases in the region. The situation remains delicate across the North Shore. The CISSS requests that the population follow the health instructions in all places and at all times.

If you have at least one of the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, cough, loss of breath, or loss of smell or taste, stay home and call 1-877-644-4545 to get a screening test appointment.


• Indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited.

• Do not receive any visitors at home, except for a family caregiver. If you live alone, you can receive one visitor.

• Do outdoor activities with members of your household.

• Stay at least two meters away from people from other households.

• Wear your mask adequately (it must cover your mouth and nose).

• Wash your hands.

The vaccination campaign is going well in the region. To this day, 2,646 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in the region. This week, the vaccination operation continues everywhere on the territory, in accordance with the vaccination priority groups. Health care workers who are in contact with users will be vaccinated first. Some people, such as seniors of the North Shore, are more affected by the pandemic.

The CISSS de la Côte-Nord would also like to remind seniors to keep moving despite the confinement! Simple efforts can make a world of difference. For example, 15 minutes of light exercise, standing up for a few minutes every hour, or going for a walk outside, when possible.

For the population in general, do not forget to look after the seniors around you, even remotely. A simple telephone or video call can make a great difference in their daily life.

In a press release this afternoon, the CISSS de la Côte-Nord invited people aged 80 and over, who reside in the MRC of Sept-Rivières, to register now for a vaccination clinic by appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19, which will begin on Thursday, January 21, 2021 in Sept-Îles.

People in this age group wishing to register for this clinic must leave their contact information (name, phone number, and date of birth) at 1-844-407-0967 for an appointment.

As mentioned in today's press brief, other vaccination clinics intended for the population will soon be organized elsewhere in the territory, depending on the availability of vaccines. In each setting, the vaccination will be carried out while respecting the prioritization of the groups to be vaccinated as established by the Ministry of Health and Social Services. This week, vaccines are distributed everywhere on the North Shore.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 and its complications. It is in addition to other measures such as physical distancing, wearing a medical mask or face covering and washing hands, states the CISSS in today's press release.

You can obtain information about the COVID-19 vaccination by visiting Qué

Abbygail Wellman

CFBS Journalist

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