MONTREAL — The number of COVID-19 patients in Quebec hospitals has fallen below 150 for the first time since mid-September.
The Health Department says the number of hospitalizations declined by 18 from Wednesday's report and now stands at 143, while the number of patients in intensive care dipped by two to 38.
Quebec is reporting 96 new cases of COVID-19 today and four additional deaths linked to the disease, all of which took place before June 22.
Officials say 116,720 doses of vaccine were administered on Wednesday, including 108,626 second doses. More than 80 per cent of Quebec residents over 12 have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, while 23 per cent have received a second shot.
Quebec's public health institute says it's looking into the possibility that some immunosuppressed people may need a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The Institut national de santé publique du Québec says there's not yet enough data to recommend giving immunosuppressed residents an additional dose of vaccine -- something it says is already done with the hepatitis B and HPV vaccines -- but that studies are ongoing.
However, it says that people who receive some types of stem cell transplants after being immunized against COVID-19 should be considered unvaccinated and receive both doses again.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 24, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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