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Quebec has administered 510,479 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December.

Quebec has administered 510,479 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December.
MONTREAL, QUE.: MARCH 5, 2021 — A man pushes his walker as he arrives for his appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the vaccination clinic at the Bob Bernie Arena in the Pointe Claire suburb of Montreal Friday March 5, 2021. (John Mahoney / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 65841 – 8858Photo by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette
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This post was updated throughout the day on Friday, March 5.  Questions/comments: kthomas@postmedia.com
Top updates:

  • More than half a million people in Quebec have been vaccinated
  • Quebec announces ceremony to honour COVID-19 victims
  • Trudeau confirms authorization of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • More variant cases detected in Quebec
  • Quebec reports 798 cases, 10 deaths
  • Quebecers optimistic about the end of COVID

5:30 p.m.
Quebec has vaccinated more than half a million people
The latest vaccine data available from Quebec shows a total of 510,479 people have received a first dose since the campaign began in December.
The pace should pick up soon with the opening of new sites and with pharmacies joining the rollout in mid-March.
Quebec vaccinated an average of a little more than 17,500 people per day since the campaign moved to the general public on Monday.
4:50 p.m.
Reminder: Several Quebec regions will become orange zones on Monday
With the exception of Montreal, Laval, the Laurentians, Lanaudière and Montérégie, Quebec will be reclassified from red to orange zone on Monday.
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The orange zone status comes with a later curfew (9:30 p.m.) and the reopening of restaurants, gyms and theatres (with certain restrictions in place).
Places of worship can increase their capacity from 25 people at a time to 100, and elementary schoolchildren in grades lower than 5 wont have to wear masks in class.
Read our full story about the announcement here.
2:30 p.m.
Quebec will hold a ceremony to honour victims of COVID-19
One year and more than 10,000 deaths later, Quebec has announced its plans to honour those who lost their lives to COVID-19.
On March 11 Quebecs official day of remembrance for COVID-19 victims the province will hold a series of tributes, beginning with a half-masting of the provincial flag at all public government offices in Quebec and abroad.
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Premier François Legault will lead a ceremony in front of the parliament building at noon accompanied by several ministers and representatives from opposition parties in the presence of families whove lost loved ones to COVID-19.
Quebecers will be asked to observe a minute of silence at 1 p.m.
On March 11, all of Quebec will pay tribute to the thousands of people who lost their lives this past year due to COVID-19, Legault said in a statement on Friday. For a year now, we have been in the throes of an unprecedented health crisis, one of the most serious in our history. While our fight against the virus is not over, we have a duty and a responsibility, as a government and also as a people, to take time out and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives.
Read our full story here.
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Le 11 mars prochain, tous les Québécois sont invités à rendre hommage aux victimes de la COVID-19.
Bien que notre combat ne soit pas terminé, on a le devoir dhonorer la mémoire de ceux qui ont perdu la vie.
Pour les détails, rendez-vous sur https://t.co/K7BLjKSVXSpic.twitter.com/FZ5QHBced0
François Legault (@francoislegault) March 5, 2021
2:15 p.m.
Nova Scotia asks passengers on Air Canada flight from Montreal to get tested
Passengers who were on Air Canada flight 7560 on Feb. 24 are being advised to get tested for COVID-19 as they may have been exposed, Nova Scotia health officials say.
Specifically, passengers seated in seats C, D and F in rows 20-26 should get tested as soon as possible and all other flight passengers should quarantine.
Read the full story here.
12:05 p.m.
Trudeau confirms authorization of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, announces Pfizer will send doses ahead of schedule
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Health Canadas authorization of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine during a news conference on Friday, saying the company will supply 10 million doses through September.
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There are now four safe and effective vaccines approved by independent regulators in Canada, Trudeau said. We have agreements with all four companies making these doses and we also have agreements with three additional companies for their potential vaccines.
Trudeau also announced Pfizer has agreed to ship 3.5 million doses of its vaccine to Canada earlier than expected, including 1.5 million doses over the month of March and another million over April and May.
With these accelerated Pfizer deliveries, well now be getting 8 million doses by the end of March, Trudeau said. In total, we can now expect 12.8 million doses from April to June, from Pfizer alone.
11:30 a.m.
Quebec reports increase in confirmed variant cases
For the first time in several days, Quebec reported new confirmed variant cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
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There are now 194 confirmed cases in the province, up 57 from the previous total most of which (118) are in Montreal. The rest of the cases are in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (40), Laval (15), the Laurentians (11), the Eastern Townships (3) and Lanaudière (2). Another five cases are listed under location unknown.
The majority (150) of Quebecs variant cases are the B.1.1.7 variant that first emerged from the United Kingdom.
The province also reported an increase in suspected variant cases on Friday. That total now stands at 1,462, which is 109 more than Thursdays total of 1,353.
11:15 a.m.
Quebec reports 798 new cases, 10 more deaths
Quebec health authorities reported another 798 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the province since the start of the pandemic to 291,175. Of them, 7,290 are active.
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Another 10 deaths were also reported on Friday, including three from the past 24 hours, bringing Quebecs death toll to 10,455.
Hospitalizations in the province decreased by nine from Thursday to Friday and there are now 617 people receiving treatment for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals. Of them, 111 are in the intensive care ward, which is four fewer than Thursdays total.
The Island of Montreal reported the bulk of the provinces latest cases, with 345.
As of Friday, 273,430 people are confirmed recovered from COVID-19 in Quebec, up 877 from Thursday.
Another 18,234 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Thursday, bringing the total to 510,479 since the campaign began in December.
Quebec reported that it analyzed samples of 27,933 COVID tests on March 3 (Quebec reports its daily testing figures from two days prior).
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11 a.m.
Quebecers becoming more optimistic about the end of COVID
A new survey suggests Quebecers are becoming more optimistic the worst of COVID-19 has passed, when compared with a previous survey from early February.
The spike in optimism likely stems from the decrease in daily case numbers over the past few weeks and the beginning of the provinces mass campaign to vaccinate the general public.
The optimism isnt equal among Quebecers, however francophones were far more likely to respond the worst of the crisis has passed (41.9 per cent) than non-francophones (24.1 per cent).
The poll was carried out by Léger and the Association for Canadian studies and received responses from 1,532 adult Canadians.
10:30 a.m.
In case you missed it: your vaccine questions, answered
Are you eligible? Is your caregiver? Why have guidelines changed multiple times in Montreal and Laval this week?
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Read our full Q&A, by Marian Scott.
10:15 a.m.
Aislin cartoon for March 5
10 a.m.
Growing number of Canadians say Trudeau is doing a bad job on vaccine rollout
A new poll suggests a growing number of Canadians think the federal government has dropped the ball on rolling out the vaccine in a timely manner, even though the pace is quickening.
More than half of the surveys respondents (57 per cent) think Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done a bad job of distributing vaccines to provinces.
Read the full story here.
10 a.m.
Health Canada to authorize Johnson & Johnson shot
Canada is expected to announce the approval of Johnson & Johnsons COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, according to CBC reports.
The shot which proved to be 66 per cent effective in preventing the virus has  already been authorized in the United States.
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Read the full story here.

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10 a.m.
Heres where Montrealers can get tested today
Montrealers can be screened at test centres across the island.
You can check screening clinic wait times here.
10 a.m.
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