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Manitoba should implement the fourth COVID-19 vaccine dosage, as per care home advocate

Care home advocates urge Manitoba to implement the fourth COVID-19 vaccination dosage

Key Takeaways:

  • According to NACI, adults above the age of 80 and those in long-term care facilities should now get a second COVID-19 immunisation booster dose.
  • According to the Manitoba Long Term and Continuing Care Association, an infection has spread to roughly 20 care homes in Manitoba.
  • According to NACI, the second booster should be made available to anyone over the age of 70 and First Nations people.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) now suggests that adults over the age of 80 and those in long-term care facilities obtain a second COVID-19 vaccination booster shot.

Although Manitoba’s health rules have eased, care home personnel remain cautious.

Cecile Bautista works at Maples Personal Care Home, where one of the province’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks.

She claims that all of her coworkers have been vaccinated and that they are extremely cautious with the residents.

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“We wear personal protective equipment,” Bautista explained. “We follow all of our PPE rules and regulations.”

According to the Manitoba Long Term and Continuing Care Association, an infection has spread to around 20 care homes.

The group stated that it is now attempting to balance being cautious and caring for individuals’ physical and mental wellbeing.

Jan Legeros, the association’s executive director, stated, “It’s vital that we allow as much flexibility as possible while securing the inhabitants.”

The possibility of a fourth dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination is great news for care facilities still fighting the virus.

NACI is now advising “rapid deployment” of second boosters for persons over the age of 80 as well as those in long-term care skills, as of Tuesday morning.

Care home advocates urge Manitoba to implement the fourth COVID-19 vaccination dosage
Care home advocates urge Manitoba to implement the fourth COVID-19 vaccination dosage. Image from CNN

“This makes us quite happy,” Legeros remarked. “We’re hopeful the province will put this in place swiftly, especially given the recent outbreaks.”

NACI further recommends that the second booster be made available to anyone beyond the age of 70, as well as to First Nations.

The Government of Manitoba said in a statement to CTV News, “NACI’s updated recommendations have been brought to the province’s attention, and it is presently being reviewed. Updates will be provided if the public health recommendation changes.”

However, for those on the front lines, the sooner seniors receive their dose, the better.

“The vaccine is incredibly beneficial for children because it helps them fight the illness and strengthens their immune system,” Bautista explained.

According to NACI, eligible persons for a second booster should wait six months after their first one.

Source: CTV News

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