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Quebec reports 662 new COVID cases as it prepares to present plan to vaccinate youth

MONTREAL — The Quebec government will present a plan this afternoon to vaccinate kids between the ages of 12 and 17 against COVID-19.

Health Minister Christian Dubé has said the province plans to offer a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to eligible young people before the end of June.

Quebec is reporting 662 new cases of COVID-19 today and eight more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including one in the past 24 hours. 

Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by six, to 460, while the number of people in intensive care also fell by six, to 107.

The province says it administered 89,551 vaccine doses in the previous 24 hours and has given at least one dose to 51.4 per cent of the population. 

The Health Department says people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine outside the province can receive an electronic proof of vaccination and make an appointment for a second dose.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press