Start of vaccination while driving at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Start of vaccination while driving at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Start of vaccination while driving at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

After the vaccination of cyclists, it is the turn of motorists, over the next two weekends, to stop at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit pits, on Île Notre-Dame, in Montreal, to protect themselves. of COVID-19.

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The garages usually occupied by Formula 1 teams for the Canadian Grand Prix are accessible from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, but also Sunday.

Motorists and members of their bubble will also be able to roll up a sleeve and get vaccinated against COVID-19 next weekend, June 12 and 13.


Nearly 1,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine are offered each day by appointment, or about 170 vaccines given every hour. A team of around sixty nurse clinicians, assessors and injectors is at work there.

Returning to the experience of the first vaccination weekend at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, last week, when the cyclists were welcomed, the authorities indicated that the initiative had been a great success.


“It was very interesting to see the people who showed up, the people were, I would say, happy to be here, to be at Parc Jean-Drapeau, to have full bicycle access to the vaccination site. They would arrive by bicycle, enter garages and exit by bicycle, it was an activity in their weekend activity, ”said Marie-Ève ​​Brunelle, director of vaccination at the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center ( CIUSSS) of the Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

“We had around 1,100 people who came by bike, a lot of families who came. […] Our objective to reach the population of 12-40 [ans] This activity was nevertheless answered because we had 80% of people in this age group, ”she added in an interview with LCN on Saturday morning.


And for Saturday, more than 80% of the 900 or so appointments that had already been made at the start of the day also concerned people between the ages of 12 and 40.

“We invite people who already have an appointment, if they wish, to bring a person from their bubble who has not been vaccinated. We have planned a small number of vaccines for these cases, so as not to be caught off guard if a person could not make an appointment and was in the car ”, added Mme Brunelle.


The initiative is made possible thanks to a collaboration between the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, the Grand Prix du Canada and the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau.

Note that the driving vaccination is also offered at the PEPS of Laval University, in Quebec, this weekend as well as the next; a way to encourage more people, especially younger ones, to protect themselves against the virus.

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