The Direction de la Santé publique de la Côte-Nord has asked the population of the Lower North Shore and the municipality of Caniapiscau, which share borders with Newfoundland and Labrador, to avoid travel to this region as much as possible. province.
Interprovincial crossings are frequent in this region. Several services are located in Blanc-Sablon such as the airport and the ferry. The same goes for Fermont and Wabush where services are shared. It also happens that the people of the Lower North Shore seek treatment on the island of Newfoundland because of the proximity.
“We cannot afford to have this variant. If it comes to our small villages, it’s the beginning of the end for us, ”Randy Jones, the mayor of Gros-Mécatina and prefect of the Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent MRC told TVA Nouvelles.
The upcoming fishing season could also increase your chances of contracting the Indian variant, Jones said.
“For the people of Blanc-Sablon and Bonne-Espérance, the time is coming for capelin, herring and mackerel fishing. And all that is transported to Newfoundland (to be transformed there). That, it will have an impact not approximately, affirmed the elected official.
The director of public health for the Côte-Nord, Richard Fachehoun, however, was reassuring by recalling that the majority of the inhabitants of the Lower North Shore have received their second dose of vaccine. This represents an effective protection against the variants.
“We are implementing a number of measures, we are monitoring the situation very closely to see if we need to go further now. So far, everything seems correct. We ask the population two things: vigilance and two doses of vaccines, ”said Mr. Fachehoun.
Vaccination is also an issue in the municipality of Caniapiscau, according to Côte-Nord Public Health: only 62% of residents aged 12 and over received a first dose and this percentage drops to 33% for the second dose, learned TVA News.