Manitoba continues to pursue the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program for residents in personal care homes, given the particular vulnerability of our resident population.
Vaccination is one of the many tools in place to prevent COVID-19 transmission that is being implemented in addition to the many other precautions we have put in place over the past year to protect your loved one.
While we understand the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to be approximately 95 per cent effective after 7-14 days following the second dose, we do not yet know much about how long protection lasts or whether vaccinated persons can still unknowingly infect others. While evidence continues to emerge, our residents remain a high-risk population for severe illness related to COVID-19 and we must continue to be vigilant with efforts to prevent cases of COVID-19 within our facility.
The provincial direction received following the administration of the second dose of vaccine has been that preventative measures will remain in place at our facility for the foreseeable future including:
- staff, resident and visitor screening (including anyone seeking entry to our facility);
- 14-day isolation of newly admitted or readmitted residents;
- frequent and thorough hand hygiene;
- physical distancing;
- appropriate use of non-medical masks and/or facility-provided personal protective equipment; and
- visitor restrictions including limits to the number of permitted visitors, requirements of where visits may occur, and limitations on leaves of absence for non-essential or social purposes.
Our hairdresser services have resumed with physical distancing, occupancy limits in the designated resident hair care area, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols being be followed. Masks must be worn by all staff as well as residents who are able to tolerate wearing a mask.
Recreational and group activities may be permitted, with physical distancing between residents and any other participant. Participation must be limited to residents from a single
unit and materials may not be shared unless they can be cleaned and disinfected between each resident.
We remain committed to doing everything possible to protect your loved one and appreciate your understanding of these ongoing preventative measures. We are trying to balance the needs of residents and families while following public health and provincial direction to mitigate risk. When our outbreak has been resolved, we will be reviewing our current visitation processes and sharing further information.
Tara-Lee Procter (Maciuszonek)