The mayor of La Tuque, Pierre-David Tremblay, breathed a sigh of relief when the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, postponed the date of the mandatory vaccination of employees of the health network to November 15 .
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“I believe the government made a good decision. […] This reassured the population of Latu, but you know, in this context, [il] Better one than two you will have it, ”said Pierre-David Tremblay in an interview with LCN on Saturday.
The hospital in his town is already grappling with many problems, such as those of the obstetrics department, but also the loss of ophthalmology and intensive services.
“Right now, the patient needs to be transferred by ambulance. So, it is to type 135 kilometers to go to Shawinigan or 150 kilometers to go to Trois-Rivières. It is an inconsistency to move people who are sick when the system would like us to move healthy people to come and treat us in our own hospitals, ”explained the mayor.
And we must continue to put pressure on the population to be vaccinated, according to Mr. Tremblay.
“During the first wave, at the regional level, there are 1000 employees [de la santé] who have been infected with COVID-19. At the level of the fourth wave, it is 40. So the vaccination has proved its worth. Whatever we hear, whatever we say, the figures speak for themselves, ”he stressed.