The Clic Santé du Québec website has failed and the appointment request is predictably astronomical


Monday morning, more than 83,000 Quebecers fought to make an appointment on the Clic Santé site. The morning rush apparently shut down the website for a short time, preventing anyone who wanted to get a shot or test before the holidays.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé posted an article on the closure on Twitter, citing “technical difficulties”.

After about an hour the website was restored. Since Monday morning, according to the Minister of Health, 83,000 Quebecers have rushed to make an appointment via the site.

Dubé reminded all those planning to make an appointment for a reminder that these are only available to certain Quebecers at the moment, including people 65 years of age and over and people with chronic illnesses. Regular appointments for the first dose and second dose are open to everyone. Appointments for the flu shot can also be made on Clic Santé.

Some pharmacies in Quebec also experienced an influx of people Monday morning, with reported queues around the block to get free home COVID-19 test kits. At least three drugstore websites have crashed.

Dubé asked the public for patience as some pharmacies struggled to keep up with the demand. Pharmacies will distribute free home test kits throughout the week.

“The quantities are limited by arrivals,” wrote the Minister of Health on Twitter. “We ask you to be understanding. Pharmacies will post the stock status in their stores.”

Monday morning marked the start of a new wave of health regulations in the province. Since December 20, restaurants, bars, shops and many places have been reduced to 50% of their capacity, and karaoke, dances and office parties are prohibited. Private indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people in a household.


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