Update: Long-term care vaccination in Huron-Perth

This week, residents at Spruce Lodge Long-Term Care Home in Stratford and residents at Seaforth Manor Long-Term Care Home and Retirement Community received the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

“Here at the Lodge, we received the call we have all been waiting for,” says Peter Bolland, Administrator at Spruce Lodge Long-Term Care Home. “Residents and their families are so thankful and relieved, and staff can finally feel the weight of 2020 starting to lift.  We haven’t seen so many smiles since this time last year.”

HPPH is working closely with partners to provide vaccine to all residents of Long-Term Care Homes and then Retirement Homes across Huron and Perth Counties over the next few weeks.

The province has a three-phase distribution plan and an ethical framework to ensure Ontario is prepared to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines as vaccines continue to arrive over the next several months.

At this time, vaccine supply is very limited. Distribution focuses first on vulnerable populations that are at greatest risk of COVID-19 and severe illness and those who care for them.   

In Huron-Perth, the Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) is creating a Huron Perth sequencing model as well as an administration and distribution plan based on the province’s distribution plan and ethical framework.

Currently the focus is on long-term care homes and then retirement homes. Additional groups will be identified in the sequencing model; as vaccines become available those groups will be contacted. For the general public, this is not likely for a few months. HPPH asks the public to be patient and await further information – there is no vaccination waiting list set up for the general public.

“We are thrilled to have begun long-term care resident vaccinations in our community, but we are still in early days of COVID vaccination,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen.  “To build on vaccination efforts, it’s important that we continue to reduce the spread of COVID by avoiding non-essential trips outside of the home, practising physical distancing, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, and staying home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.”

 

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