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

Last updated: March 15, 2021 

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Welcome to the COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness Resources 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,i staff and essential care partners,ii and support informed choices about the COVID-19 vaccine.  

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 clinics  

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

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

  • Moderna and Pfizer/BioTech websites contain information regarding reporting report adverse events or product concerns; storage, handling, dosage and administration instructions/checklists and educational videos; and vaccination card and second dose reminder cards. 
  • Product monograph information for the Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine contains the complete product information in French and English including: indications and contraindications; dosage; precautions; overdosage; adverse reactions; and special handling instructions. 

Section 3: Promoting COVID-19 vaccine uptake 

Healthcare providers play a large role ipromoting vaccine uptake by sharing the science and facts about COVID 19 vaccines and 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 a resident’s vaccine experience. Providers can use: 

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine information and recommendations, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canadawebsite. 

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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 COVID-19 pandemic can be found via Innovations, Tools and Resources as well as BrainXchange and Alzheimer Society (with COVID-19 tips for care partners).