While some refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, there are others who are way too far down the priority list for their liking. A man from Trois-Rivières, with seriously diseased lungs, finds it inconsistent to go after older people who are in perfect health.
Denis Bellerose, 59, is a tuberculosis survivor. He has lived with chronic lung disease for 29 years. His lungs are functioning at 18% and his situation is deteriorating over time. Contracting COVID-19 would be fatal and the vaccine is his only lifeline. However, he is eighth out of ten on the priority list since he is under 60 years old. Nonsense according to him.
“My brother is 61 years old, he is a former professional athlete in excellent health and I, since I am 59 years old, I will get the vaccine after him, even though I have lung disease and my respiratory system is almost at a loss. dish, ”he told TVA Nouvelles on Friday.
And he will have to be patient. According to the 2017 census, Mauricie-Center-du-Québec had 113,311 people aged 65 and over. They will be inoculated before him. Mr. Bellerose understands that seniors can be vaccinated before, but he wonders if it should not be on a case-by-case basis in certain situations. He argues that the government has abandoned people in its situation.
“It’s like on the Titanic and we disabled people under the age of 60, we watch the boat sink without the possibility of boarding the lifeboats,” he said.
The president of the Association des pneumologues du Québec, Dr. Antoine Delage, admits that certain situations like this one can appear aberrant. He adds that prioritization lists were put in place to deal with groups in society, without taking individual conditions into consideration.
“If the number of vaccines increases in the coming months, the case-by-case option could be considered in certain situations, but we have not had any discussions with the government so far,” said Dr Delage.
It is also a daily stress for Mr. Bellerose’s wife. Josée Lemay works in a childcare center dedicated to the children of health workers at the Center hospitalier affilié universitaire régionale (CHAUR) in Trois-Rivières. She admits to feeling a certain fear every time she enters her home. A fear of transmitting a virus that could kill her husband.
No short-term change
When questioned on the subject, the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ) maintains that age was considered more important than chronic diseases in the establishment. from the priority list. A list which could however evolve according to the arrival of the doses of the vaccines in the coming months.