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Quebec Grants Free COVID-19 Vaccine Shots To International Students

International students enrolled at Quebec schools are urged by the province to come in for free COVID-19 vaccine shots provided they are 12 years of age or older.

International students enrolled at Quebec colleges and universities – and even those just visiting the Quebec Province – are being urged by the province to come in for free COVID-19 vaccine shots provided they are Twelve years of age or older.

“As part of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign now in progress in Quebec, the immigration minister would like to ensure that all of our clients Twleve years of age and older who live in Quebec province can get their COVID-19 vaccine shots for free regardless of their immigration status,” the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) states on its website.

But it’s not just immigrants who are qualified for the free COVID-19 vaccine shots.

A quick call to the toll-free, information hotline was sufficient to confirm on Friday that international students, who are in Quebec on study permits, are also qualified.

Even visitors from another Canadian province who do not live in Quebec are being welcomed to get the free shots in La Belle Province.

Anyone old enough and eligible under the current guidelines who wants to book an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine can do so online by visiting Clic Santé.

Walk-In Clinics Allow Immigrants To Get Vaccinated Without Appointment

There are also walk-in clinics that allow Canadians and immigrants alike, to get their COVID-19 Vaccine shots without needing to book an appointment.

A complete list of the locations of these integrated health and social services centres (CISSS) is available online as well.

It’s not important to have a provincial medical card, the Carte d’assurances santé, to obtain the COVID-19 Vaccine shot.

The province is only requesting that those who want to get vaccinated present a valid identification card.

Anyone with questions or inquiries about the vaccination program and who want help is being urged by the immigration department to call any of the following numbers from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 8.30 am through to 4.30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays:

  • In the Quebec City region: 418 644-4545;
  • In Montreal: 514 644-4545, and;
  • Outside the province: 1 877 644-4545, toll-free.

Temporary Workers On Quebec Farms Already Cleared To Get Free COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

Quebec’s decision to open up its vaccination program to accommodate immigrant teens and international students comes a little more than a month after it began to make COVID-19 vaccines available for temporary foreign workers on Quebec farms.

“These foreign workers are included in the priority groups of essential workers in environments at high risk of an outbreak,” MIFI said at that time.

Anyone who arrives in Quebec province, whether temporary foreign farmworkers, an international student or even just a tourist from another province in Canada, must wait until the end of their compulsory quarantine period before getting vaccinated.

As of May 29, the most recent date for which figures are available, 59.2 per cent of Quebec citizens had received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

That is a little higher than the Canadian vaccination nationally which sat at just under 56.8 per cent of the population as of that date.