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

Last updated: February 8, 2021

Latest resources added: Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre Recommendations, Resources and Lessons Learnt in 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,We know there is different language and terminology used across the country. In this context, residents include clients and users. staff and essential care partners.Essential care partners provide physical, psychological and emotional support, as deemed important by the patient. This care can include support in decision making, care coordination and continuity of care. Essential care partners are identified by the patient (or substitute decision maker) and can include family members, close friends or other caregivers.

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 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. 

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, 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 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).