After the Shot: Guidance Supporting the Re-opening of Canada’s LTC Homes Following COVID-19 Vaccination

National Institute on Ageing
Description / Summary

Long-Term Care (LTC) and retirement home settings were the epicenters of Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic first and second waves. To date, over 15,200 residents and 30 staff within these settings have died of COVID-19, accounting for 59% of Canada’s overall COVID-19 deaths. Recognizing the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on those living and working in Canada’s LTC and retirement homes, residents and staff across these settings were prioritized for initial COVID-19 vaccination at the start of Canada’s vaccination rollout in December 2020. Across the provinces and territories, LTC vaccinations have achieved comprehensive coverage among staff and residents. As of April 10, 2021, 96.7% of Canada’s LTC residents, and between 62% – 91% of LTC staff had either been partially or fully immunized against COVID-19.