Montrealers were queuing up outside inoculation sites Wednesday morning to get their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The long lines come after the provincial government expanded access to that brand of vaccine Tuesday by dropping the minimum age requirement to 45 and older. Under the plan, 600,000 more Quebecers are now eligible for their first shot.
Prior to that, only people older than 55 were able to get that vaccine at walk-in clinics.
The change has prompted eligible adults to line up outside several vaccination centres in Montreal, including the Olympic Stadium in the east end and the downtown core’s Palais des congrès.