Quebec to Add Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccines to Immunization Campaign


Alex Smirnov gets a COVID-19 vaccination from Annie Halinka Sanson at a demonstration of a drive-through vaccination site, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec health officials unveiled the city’s first drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site today in a parking lot at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport.

Health Minister Christian Dubé was on hand as regional health authorities demonstrated how people will be vaccinated without leaving their car.



The operation is expected to be running by May 17, administering 4,000 shots per day, and it could serve as a blueprint for similar sites elsewhere in the province.

Dubé says people are eager to get vaccinated, and each time the province opens a new age eligibility, appointments are quickly scooped up.

Authorities opened up appointments to those between 45 and 49 years of age on Monday.

With two million Pfizer-BioNTech doses expected in May alone, Dubé urged as many Quebecers as possible to get a shot this month.

“If we can vaccinate two million people in May, it means we could accelerate the second dose, which was due after June,” Dubé told reporters at the airport.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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