COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness Resources for Long-term Care and Retirement Homes
Last updated: March 15, 2021
Latest resources added:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Information Resources – Toolkit for Healthcare Providers (Section 3)
- What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine – answers to common questions and rumors (Section 3)
- How mRNA vaccines work (Section 3)
- Family and Community Medicine University of Toronto COVID-19 Community of Practice (Section 3)
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.
- Planning guidance for immunization clinics for COVID-19 vaccines from the Government of Canada.
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 in promoting vaccine uptake by sharing the science and facts about COVID 19 vaccines and taking time to answer questions and address concerns.
- NEW! COVID-19 Vaccination Information Resources. Toolkit for Healthcare Providers. This toolkit was published by the PHAC and equips healthcare providers with information to help patients and colleagues make informed choices about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The Health Canada infographic explains the vaccine development and approval
- NEW! What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada downloadable PDF was created by the Government of Canada
- The Centre for Effective Practice has a repository of COVID-19 resources on their website. Example documents include:
- Answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine: a guide for providers.
- Discussion Framework to help providers have conversations with patients about the COVID-19 vaccine in a trusted and informative way.
- CAnVax COVID-19 Vaccine Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers is available in multiple languages, including French and English.
- Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre have shared recommendations based on their lessons learnt to increase staff and essential care partner confidence and vaccination rates.
- Recommendations, Resources and Lessons Learned
- Immunization Education and Opt-Out Form
- University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy COVID-19 resources include:
- COVID-19 mRNA vaccine myths vs. facts poster
- Poster to promote vaccine uptake: Got the Vaccine? Be proud and make it public.
- NEW! How mRNA vaccines work (1-page infographic)
- NEW! Family and Community Medicine University of Toronto COVID-19 Community of Practice website has pre-recorded webinars hosted by practicing family physicians, as well as tools and resources about the COVID-19 vaccine – including tips on how to have supportive discussions with people to encourage vaccination.
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:
- An age-based algorithm with pharmacological, psychological, physical, and procedural strategies for reducing vaccination pain in adults (by Immunize Canada).
- Resources to assess pain in older adults with cognitive impairments to contribute to a positive experience before, during and after vaccination by See Pain More Clearly.
- Resources containing strategies that providers and essential care partners can follow to reduce needle-related fainting and needle fears.
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine information and recommendations, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.
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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).