The CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority has announced that more than 90 per cent of residents and employees of long-term care facilities (CHSLD) and other group living facilities across its territory—which includes the MRC d’Argenteuil have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine during the past 14 days.

All of the doses received of the Moderna vaccine enabled staff to administer vaccinations to nearly 2,530 residents.  The consent rate for people willing to be vaccinated is 90 per cent.   The second dose will be administered within the time limits prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) to ensure maximum protection.

Among the 10 per cent of unvaccinated residents, the majority of the individuals were not able to be vaccinated because of their symptomatic condition or a positive result for COVID-19.

“The administration of the first dose of the vaccine to residents in CHSLD’s is a first step very important in this vaccination campaign which aims to protect the most vulnerable people as quickly as possible.   However, administration of a second dose is still important because above all, it will ensure long-term protection,” said CISSS des Laurentides President and CEO, Ms. Rosemonde Landry.

For now, everyone who has been vaccinated is requested to keep following the rules that are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Just because you vaccinate doesn’t mean you have to relax the application of sanitary measures. I therefore ask the population to remain vigilant and continue to abide by the extremely important rules,” said Landry.

COVID-19 vaccination information for Laurentides region residents is available on the website .