September 23, 2021 COVID-19 Update

24 September 2021

September 23, 2021

Dear Families,

Updates

Third (Booster) Dose vaccination: 3rd dose vaccination is now going to be made available to all residents in PCH.  While there is no local evidence that the two doses do not provide adequate coverage, there is some evidence across the globe of some breakthrough cases in older adults due to an overall reduced immune response as we age.  This is an extra measure to protect our residents because living in a congregate setting may increase risk of infection and transmission.  The recommended interval between the second and third dose is 6 months.  The seasonal flu vaccine is being shipped to priority locations, including PCHs and should be received within the next two weeks.  Barring any delays, the flu vaccine will be administered first, and the 3rd dose COVID-19 booster will be offered no sooner than 14 days following the flu vaccine. Consent forms and fact sheets will be available should you have questions.

Additional dose for those who are immune compromised:Those who have moderate to severe immune compromise dose have been prioritized to receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Please discuss with the nurse and physicianif your family member meets the criteria for this priority third dose, which is administered a minimum of 28 days after the second dose. 

Those with contraindications to having the vaccine:  There may be a few residents and patients who did not receive vaccinations last year because of a medical condition or treatment that prevented them from being vaccinated.  We nowknow more about the virus, the vaccine, and the benefits of vaccination, and most who had been advised to not have the vaccine last year, may now be eligible. Please have a discussion with your primary care physician about whether your family member can/should be vaccinated. 

Visiting: General visitors, please continue to book an appointment, a day ahead at minimum, at 204-478-6208, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  You are also encouraged, to plan ahead to reduce the need to leave a message or wait for a call back. Visits from children under 12 are still not recommended, as they haven’t had the opportunity to be vaccinated yet. Outdoor and POD visits continue to be the safest way to visit.  Note:  there are no POD visits on September 30th due to the National Truth & Reconciliation day stat. Please remember to sign out at the end of your visit. Please continue to monitor for any signs of illness and do not come if you are even slightly ill.  Please call to cancel your booked visit.

Medical masks and eye protection will continue to be provided at the front entrance when you are screened and required inside and outside. 

Thank you for your attention to the guidelines and for your ongoing support.  Be well. 

RHC Leadership