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COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness Resources for Long-term Care and Retirement Homes

Last updated: February 2022

Welcome to our COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness Resources page for long-term care (LTC) and retirement homes in Canada. These resources have been curated with immunization experts from across the country, including Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Solutions for Kids in Pain and #SeePainMoreClearly. These resources aim to help LTC and retirement homes plan and rollout COVID-19 vaccines to residents, staff and essential care partners, and support informed choices about COVID-19 vaccines.  

This is not an exhaustive repository and intended to complement existing provincial, territorial and jurisdictional COVID-19 vaccine planning. Information about vaccine rollout in your province or territory can be found via your public health authority’s website. 

Section 1: Planning guidance for immunization

These resources can inform COVID-19 immunization clinic planning and are intended to complement existing jurisdictional immunization campaigns, clinic plans and policies.

Section 2: Characteristics, handling and administration of COVID-19 vaccines

Section 3: Promoting COVID-19 vaccine uptake 

Healthcare providers play a large role in promoting vaccine uptake by sharing the science and facts about COVID 19 vaccines, taking time to answer questions and address concerns.  

Section 4: Improve the vaccine experience by reducing pain, anxiety and/or needle fears 

Despite being commonplace, needle procedures and vaccines can be anxiety provoking, distressing and painful. Simple, evidence-informed strategies can improve vaccine experience. Providers can use: 

Section 5: COVID-19 Vaccines Reviews

Information and evidence-informed advice and directives are continuing to roll-out across the country. Below are some sources of reviews relating to COVID-19 vaccines.

  • The COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews database is managed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and has been created for the teams evaluating available COVID-19 related evidence, including evidence on vaccines, in order to make the best informed decisions to for patients and residents and to help reduce duplication across clinical teams.
  • For the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine information and recommendations, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Information on side effects from COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine safety.

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In addition to the above resources related to vaccine preparedness and roll-out, general resources to support people living with dementia during the  pandemic can be found via Innovations, Tools and Resources on the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement website as well as BrainXchange and Alzheimer Society (with COVID-19 tips for care partners).