Updates

Eastholme is preparing to provide a  third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all residents who consent to receiving this.  Residents will qualify for their third dose if it has been at least 5 months since their second dose.  Consents are being reviewed by the Registered Nurses.  If you want more information about this initiative, please click on the following link to view the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations.  https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/vaccine/COVID-19_vaccination_rec_special_populations.pdf

Second dose of COVID-19 vaccination for staff and essential caregivers

The National Advisory Committe on Immunization (NACI) is an External Advisory Body that provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with independent, ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice in response to questions from PHAC relating to immunization. 

NACI is recommending that the dose interval of the COVID vaccines be extended to four months in order to create opportunities for more people to receive their first dose.  This will acheive more protection for the entire population and contribute to health equity.

This Health Unit has informed us that our second dose of COVID vaccine will be administered 16 weeks from our first dose.  The exact date has not been arranged yet.  We will contact everyone who received their first dose on February 26 to arrange appointment times when we have more information. 

If you would like to read the full NACI statement, please check out the following link:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci/rapid-response-extended-dose-intervals-covid-19-vaccines-early-rollout-population-protection.html

As there may be changes to these requirements at any time, please check the site regularly for the latest updates.

The Directives put forward by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care describe the minimum legal requirements that Eastholme must follow in order to protect the residents, staff and visitors of the home.  Eastholme is implementing these Directives, and following best practice recommendations with guidance from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, and Public Health Ontario.

For more information, please click on the following links: 

Directive # 3

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/directives/LTCH_HPPA.pdf

Directive #5

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/directives/public_hospitals_act.pdf

CLICK THE LINK BELOW to view the Minister’s Directive to Surveillance Testing and Access to Holmes