Prime Minister François Legault’s visit to the Olympic Stadium for a press conference this morning was followed, after the fact, by a mess in the operations of one of the largest vaccination centers in Quebec.
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After the departure of the Prime Minister, around noon, nearly 300 people waiting to receive their second dose of vaccine gathered towards the entrance to the queue, without respecting the distance.
“Disperse yourself! Back off! ”Must have shouted a security official, intervening to disperse the unhappy crowd. “We don’t want to end up with a ‘cluster’ (an outbreak) and people to be sick!”
The crowd gathered in the main entrance to the stadium was made up of many elderly people, many of them in wheelchairs.
Vaccination operations were said to have been slowed down by the Prime Minister’s passage and were almost two hours late, according to an employee of the center. Hundreds of people who had made an appointment therefore received their vaccine more than two hours after the time of their appointment.
“We are in need of staff. We’re sorry, ”a nurse explained to people waiting in line.
On the side of the CIUSSS of the East-of-the-island-of-Montreal, one ensures that the wait observed Monday is not related to the passage of Mr. Legault.
“There is a wait because there are a lot of people. It has nothing to do with the Prime Minister, ”explains a spokesperson, Christian Merciari.
The early appointments and the fact that people showed up in advance explain the delays, says the spokesperson.
– With Patrick Bellerose, the Journal de Quebec