LOCAL NEWS - JANUARY 27, 2021: NORTH SHORE – COVID-19 Vaccine Information
CFBS has been receiving questions from our listening audience regarding the COVID-19 vaccine that has begun to be administered to the North Shore and Lower North Shore population in the last couple of weeks. So far, the vaccination campaign has targeted primarily the health care workers, seniors living in CHSLD's, those working in CHSLD's, and the elderly population over the age of 80 years old in accordance with the vaccination priority groups.
The CISSS de la Côte-Nord stated in their press brief held last week that the vaccination campaign is going well in the region. 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.
Speaking by email this week with Pascal Paradis, Communications Advisor of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, about vaccine questions that CFBS was receiving, the following is the info that he had shared with us:
How effective is the vaccines?
The COVID‑19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) approved by Health Canada are safe. The vaccines were tested on a large number of people. They have met all the requirements for approval. Vaccine efficacy 14 days after the first dose, and before the second dose, is 92%. These are thought to be 95% effective after two doses. Experts closely monitor any adverse reactions that may occur after vaccination and take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
Are there any possible side effects?
Adverse reactions are not uncommon after vaccination. These reactions are usually mild or moderate, and can last a few days. Symptoms may include pain at the injection site, fatigue, fever and chills. To date, no serious adverse effects have been identified with RNA-based vaccines.
Will all age groups be receiving the vaccine, such as babies, children, and pregnant women?
Vaccines will become available gradually. Some people will be vaccinated before others. There is an order of priority of groups for vaccination that can be found here. Vaccination of children and pregnant women will be determined based on future studies on vaccine safety and efficacy in these people.
For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccinations, you can visit here.
LOCAL NEWS - JANUARY 19, 2021: NORTH SHORE – CISSS PRESS BRIEF COVERAGE
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 Québec.ca.
BLANC-SABLON - JANUARY 12, 2021 - Lower North Shore Residents Respect the Curfew
CFBS was speaking by email this morning with officer Guy Pinard, of the local Sûreté du Québec in Blanc-Sablon. He informed us that since the province wide curfew began on Saturday, January 9th, there were no health infractions issued on the Lower North Shore for not respecting the provincial curfew of 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Officer Pinard also wanted to thank all citizens on Lower North Shore for their collaboration in respecting the rules, mentioning that our streets locally have been empty at night.
Keep in mind that not following the public health directives regarding the provincial curfew could be costly, fines can range from $1000 to $6000 locally if you are caught in violation.
Here is a look at the new restrictions and what's open and what's closed during the four-week curfew that is expected to end on February 8, 2021:
The Quebec government says between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., residents will be prohibited from moving outside their place of residence, with exceptions for health care, humanitarian reasons or essential work.
TRAVEL BETWEEN REGIONS
The Quebec government says travel between cities and regions is not recommended, with exceptions for students, workers, shared custody agreements and the transport of goods.
EDUCATIONAL CHILDCARE SERVICES (DAYCARES)
Teleworking is mandatory for people working in offices from Dec. 17, 2020 to Feb. 8, 2021, with the exception of workers who presence is deemed necessary by the employer.
Museums, cinemas, theatres, personal care settings, saunas and spas must remain closed, except for massage therapy treatments provided.
LOCAL NEWS - JANUARY 8, 2021 - New Veterinary Service Opening on the Lower North Shore
CFBS was speaking today with Gabrielle Landry, veterinary technician, to talk about the services being offered at the new LNS Veterinary Service, opening it's doors at 1161 Boulevard Docteur Camille Marcoux in Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon on Tuesday, January 12th.
Some of the services being offered will include:
You can check out the Facebook page of Service Vétérinaire BCN / LNS Veterinary Service by clicking here
Listen to the interview with Gabrielle Landry by clicking on the sound files below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).