The province is set to announce the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents

The province will begin rolling out the fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to long-term care residents, which will be justified three months after receiving a booster shot, Star learned.

The move, which will be announced Thursday, comes as the province sees record-high COVID-19 cases due to the highly transferable Omicron variant.

“This is one of the many measures the government is putting in place to protect long-term care residents and staff,” a government source told Star.

Residents of long-term care facilities have been eligible for the third dose in August last year, and by December 23, about 84 percent had received it. They should get their fourth plug three months after their third.

Just before Christmas, the Manitoba government released an update stating that it would provide a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised people – including those with cancer or who have had a transplant or who are immunosuppressive. medication – six months after their third dose.

On Tuesday, the Ontario government announced it would temporarily halt visitors to long-term care homes and day offs for social reasons while still allowing designated caregivers.

“We know that long-term care residents are at increased risk for COVID-19. Given the high infection rates in the community we are seeing with the Omicron variant, the time for more action is now,” Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips said in a written statement. , announcing the new limits coming into force on Thursday.

“In addition to the steps we have already taken, these new temporary measures will help keep residents safe and help critical staff stay on the job.”

The government previously demanded that all visitors to the homes be fully vaccinated and that all staff working with residents who have COVID-19 wear fitted, certified N95 masks.

A Wednesday email to families with their loved ones at Scarborough Nursing Home Chester Village asked for their consent to give the fourth dose, noting that about a third had already said yes and that the home “wants to get so much higher for better protection for the whole home. This is one way we can help beat the Omicron variant as it grows across our community. “

Michael Garron Hospital had already begun planning a fourth dose and reached out to long-term care homes like Chester Village to move quickly once it has been approved and announced.

Long-term residents carried the bulk of the first and second wave of the Ontario pandemic, which covers about two-thirds of all COVID-19 deaths.

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