Quebec Opens Walk-in AstraZeneca Vaccine Clinics for People 55 and Up


A member of the medical staff draws serum from an AstraZeneca vaccine container at a vaccination centre in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Vadim Ghirda

Quebecers age 55 and up are now able to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at more than two dozen walk-in clinics that opened their doors across the province this morning.

Images on local television showed long lineups outside some of the mass vaccine clinics starting in the early morning hours.

Currently, the AstraZeneca vaccine is only available to those between the ages of 55 and 79, after the government suspended its use in younger people over concerns about rare but serious blood clots.


Quebec has also lowered the eligible age to 60 across the province for those who wish to book vaccine appointments through the province’s web portal.

The government said Wednesday it would expand access to COVID-19 vaccines to Montrealers who are essential workers or living with chronic illnesses in the coming days.

The expanded vaccine access comes as the province continues to battle a third wave of the virus that has seen cases spike in some regions, with Quebec City hit particularly hard.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2021.

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