Dec 30, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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Effective immediately, residents of long-term care and retirement homes, elder care lodges and older adults living in other congregate settings will be eligible to receive a fourth vaccine dose, if it’s been at least three months since their third shot.
The move comes as Ontario has recently been setting daily records of new infections because of the Omicron variant.
Nursing home residents have been eligible for third doses as of August and as of a week ago, about 84% had got it.
”My main question is ‘Well, hold on.  Why are we talking about this when we still haven’t even provided boosters to the majority of staff, and still just under 20% of our residents don’t even have the boosters,” asked long-term care advocate Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos on Zoomer Radio’s ”Fight Back” with guest host Jane Brown.
”Can we just deal with focusing on actually rolling out the third doses properly now, before we start, you know, trying to distract with talk of four doses?  I just think it’s another way to make it look like they’re (the government) doing more when really there are so many other things they should be doing right now, and they should have been doing to safeguard this sector ahead of what we’re seeing right now,” Dr. Stamatopoulos added.
Meanwhile, the province is reporting outbreaks in 58 nursing homes; 38 of which have at least one confirmed resident case.
The pandemic has claimed the lives of 3,833 long-term care residents and 13 staff members. 
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