Updates from your Wellness Centre team during this unusual time

Updates as of Tuesday, January 18, 2022

We update this page about once a week, with the most recent information at the top of the list. Please scroll down the page for several more links to official government information.

  • Check out the new measures for schools.
  • Quebec has moved up appointments for third doses for younger Quebecers. Even if you have recently contracted COVID-19, you will be able to get your booster dose as soon as you are symptom-free.
  • The government has revised measures to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant. Remember, good ventilation helps too.
  • For a quick guide to these latest measures, read our translation of a recent article in Le Soleil newspaper.
  • Read all about the tightened measures at Saint Brigid’s Home and other long-term care centres and private seniors’ residences across the province.
  • A 3rd dose now available for those aged 55 and over, after 3 months or more after the 2nd dose. To see exactly who is eligible for a booster dose and to book an appointment: 💻  ☎ 418 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 (toll free). For other details, visit the Québec government website.
  • Vaccination is still underway in our region of youth aged 5 to 11. To make an appointment, visit or call 418 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 (toll free).  For full details, visit
  • People aged 13 and older need a vaccine passport to enter places such as hospitals, long-term care homes, clinics, rehabilitation centres and seniors residences. This applies to caregivers, companions and visitors. There are exceptions, however, notably that a passport is not required to receive services or care.
  • Read about what you can expect at the Wellness Centre as we gradually open up with the vaccine passport is in function for some of our activities.
  • If you or someone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to a regular medical clinic. First, use the COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool to determine if a visit to a designated screening clinic is required.
  • If you feel a test is necessary, follow the steps explained on the government Testing for COVID-19 web page.
  • You may find this step-by-step video guide on how to use home test helpful.  It’s in French, but it’s very visual so easy to follow regardless of language.
  • Stay updated on the progress of Quebec’s vaccination campaign.

A special word about Saint Brigid’s Home

  • Caregivers and visitors are allowed to come and see residents. They will have to show their vaccine passport and respect all the measures in place:
    – They can be in common areas while respecting the physical distance of 2 meters.
    – Wear a mask at all times in the establishment.
    – Two people maximum per room in addition to the resident.
  • Visiting outside (in the garden)
    – Maximum 5 people at the same time
    – Wear a mask when less than 2 meters
  • More than one resident can use the elevator at the same time without having to respect the physical distance of 2 meters provided that they wear a mask. Sanitize your hands before getting in elevator
  • Maximum 25 people at supervised group activities (ex: music therapy, musicians (except for wind instruments), animal therapy, singer) outside in the garden.
  • Respect the physical distance of 2 meters at all times, wear a mask (medical or face covering according to the safety measures in force), and disinfect your hands when entering the Home.
  • Take a look at a photo gallery of all the great things going on for residents and staff of Saint Brigid’s Home and a special page for a COVID-19 Fund in support of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s.
  • If you have questions, please call Saint Brigid’s Home at 418-684-5333, and dial 0.

Health and social services (NOT related to COVID-19)

  • Even during the pandemic, if you or a family member has a health problem or a psychosocial problem, you can still consult a health or social services professional.
  • Since the Jeffery Hale emergency is closed, English-speaking clients who would normally have gone to the Jeff for medical care in their language are now invited to call 418-684-5333, ext. 11805, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Leave your name and phone number, and the liaison nurse from Jeffery Hale Community Services will call you back to assess your situation and refer you to a local clinic that can provide bilingual services if required. BEFORE calling this liaison service, please assure that you do NOT have access to your family doctor OR have flu-like symptoms. If you have flu-like symptoms, please call 811. For urgent care, call 911 or go to the emergency closest to you.
  • If you or someone you know needs help with grocery shopping or medication, or is very worried about what is happening, especially if you are over 70 and your family can’t help, please call Jeffery Hale Community Services at 418-684-5333, ext. 11805. If there is no answer, leave your name and number and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
    • Consult our guidelines for help with groceries as part of our COVID-19 Response Efforts.
  • Jeffery Hale Community Services:
    • Psychosocial support: Clients who wish to see a social worker or psychologist in person at the Wellness Centre in the Jeffery Hale Pavilion must first make an appointment.
    • Our Homecare Services for seniors are still running.
    • Perinatal Services are still running also by appointment only. This includes post-natal visits and the Baby & Toddler Vaccination Clinic.
    • To make an appointment with Jeffery Hale Community Services, please call 418-684-5333, ext. 11805. If there is no answer, leave your name and number and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
    • If you already have an appointment at Community Services, but have flu-like symptoms (cough or fever) or have just returned from a trip, please call 418-684-5333, ext. 11805, to learn the current protocols in place.
  • Staff are calling our clients to check on their well-being and basic needs.

Community information

  • To stay connected to the community, follow VEQ’s Facebook page, if you don’t already do so.
  • Check out the Central Quebec School Board’s web page on COVID-19 information.
  • To volunteer to help:
    • If you are in good health and speak English comfortably, the Wellness Centre welcomes you to register to our COVID-19 Response Efforts volunteer pool. If you already volunteer with us, please tell our Volunteer Coordinator that you would like to be added to this list. We will do our best to connect you with community members who need support.
    • Québec government guide for citizen initiatives on ways you can help and in a safe way.

Official government information

Thanks for continuing to do your part to protect yourself while also helping to protect others around you,

Richard Walling, Executive Director

Jeffery Hale Community Partners, Co-manager of the Wellness Centre

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