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Quebec hits 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations, 1 in 4 Quebecers have received dose

MONTREAL — Quebec has now administered two million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Health Minister Christian Dube announced the milestone today, noting that means 25 per cent of Quebecers have received their first dose.

The province opened inoculations in recent days to essential workers and those with chronic illnesses and some underlying conditions that put them at risk of COVID-19.

People aged 60 and over across the province are eligible for the shot, and those 55 and over can get the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

The province will next begin vaccinating the rest of the population and has committed to giving a vaccine to every adult who wants one by the Fete nationale holiday on June 24.

Premier Francois Legault and Quebec’s public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda will join Dube for a COVID-19 briefing in Quebec City this afternoon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021.

The Canadian Press