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Note: This information is current and a change from Kevin Smith's weekly update which was set up to automatically send this morning.
Yesterday we were informed by the Province of Ontario that the Pfizer announcement about delays in shipment has meant that there are now restrictions on vaccination.
All Pfizer vaccine available for first doses are directed by the Province to go to
long-term care homes (LTCs) and high risk-residents in residential homes (RHs), staff and Essential Care Givers (ECGs). Second doses for LTC homes and high-risk RH residents are to be given on the recommended schedule which is 21 days after the first dose. The second doses for health care workers (HCWs) who have received a first dose will be given as closely as possible to recommended schedule (21 days) but flexibility has been given by the Chief Medical Officer of Health to go up to a 42-day interval.
All vaccines are under the jurisdiction of the Province for reallocation to ensure coverage of all LTCH and high-risk RH residents, staff and ECGs around the province.
Any vaccine received this week will used for LTC homes, high risk residents of RHs, and second doses for those who had received first dose and work in LTC homes. The plans to give first doses to staff from UHN, SickKids, Toronto Grace, Women's College and Mount Sinai are on hold until the supply of vaccine for acute care is confirmed. If you have a booking for a second dose and there is a need to extend the period between doses because of supply, you will be contacted directly and informed of the change in date and time.
We know that receiving this message is very hard. The vaccination of everyone at UHN is what needs to happen in the order laid out last week. As soon as additional information becomes available we will send it along. We know that this is a difficult waiting game with many changes and uncertainties and we ask for your patience as we work through this time.
It is a pleasure to connect with you across care, research, and education through this weekly CEO update – all in service of A Healthier World.
1. Activated UHN's Executive COVID-19 IMS Table
2. COVID-19 vaccine update
3. Working with partner hospitals to preserve our health system – GTA IMS Table – and getting ready for redeployment in the near future
4. Announced a new era for people, culture and community at UHN
For anonymous and confidential emotional support, call UHN's peer-to-peer support line at 416-340-5443. The hours were extended and you can now reach a professional peer counsellor during the evening and on weekends (Monday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Weekends 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). For additional mental health support, please consider using the
UHN Cares program (Corporate Intranet > COVID-19 Preparedness > Mental Health Supports).
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