Q&A – Upcoming Resident Vaccinations

Dear Family Members and Loved Ones of our Residents,

We are thrilled to share that residents of Ocean View will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in coming weeks. This is a very exciting development. We know you may have questions, so we have provided some important information below.

We also want to provide an opportunity for you to hear from a medical expert – please view a virtual presentation with Dr. Claire Nowlan HERE

Q: When will Ocean View residents be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: We believe Ocean View residents will be able to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as early as the third week of January 2021. We are moving as quickly as possible to coordinate this opportunity for our residents.

Our team will soon begin reaching out directly to each resident or Substitute Decision Maker to ensure we receive consent for the vaccine as quickly as possible. Our goal is for each resident to receive their first dose of vaccine shortly after consent is given.

Some residents may not be eligible to receive the vaccine due to their specific health conditions, so our physicians will be reviewing each resident’s health information in coming days. If the physician believes a resident is ineligible for the vaccine, we will still contact the resident or Substitute Decision Maker to discuss.

Q: Are the available COVID-19 vaccines safe?

A: Health Canada has approved the available COVID-19 vaccines for use in Canada, which means their rigorous review has found that the vaccines are safe, effective and of good quality.1

Did you know, Health Canada’s independent drug authorization process is recognized around the world for its high standards and rigorous review?1 

We know there is some hesitation around the COVID-19 vaccines because they have been created quickly. However, there are many great reasons for the quick development and access to vaccines for COVID-19, including:
· advances in science and technology;
· international collaboration among scientists, health professionals, researchers, industry and governments;
· increased dedicated funding and resources;
· and the prioritization of COVID-19 drug and vaccine reviews.1

We want you to feel confident that you have enough information about the COVID-19 vaccines and their safety, so we are inviting you to a virtual presentation by Dr. Claire Nowlan, Thursday, January 14th at 4:00 pm. Please RSVP to questions@oceanv.ca to receive login details!

Q: If a resident gets the vaccine, what will happen afterwards?

A: Following their first dose of the vaccine, the resident will wait 28 days to receive their 2nd dose.

Immediately following each dose, residents can expect to feel certain common mild/moderate side effects, much like the flu vaccine. These may include things like pain at the site of injection, chills, tiredness, and feeling feverish.

Q: How will this impact restrictions at Ocean View?

A: Although vaccination is an important step in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unfortunately not a guarantee that one is immune to COVID-19, much like the flu vaccine.

The current vaccines available do have a 94-95% rate of effectiveness, but because of the possibility that a vaccinated individual could still become ill or carry COVID-19, we suspect many of the existing restrictions will remain in place for some time. 

We will continue to pay close attention to emerging advice from Public Health and the Chief Medical Officer; current epidemiology; best practices in infection prevention; and other information available to us so we can make informed decisions that balance risk and resident quality of life.

Q: What about staff and Designated Caregivers? Will they receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

We are happy to report that many Ocean View staff and Designated Caregivers have already been vaccinated, and many more have signed up to receive their vaccination in coming weeks. This is another important step in our COVID-19 response!

If you have further general questions about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines at Ocean View, we invite you to email questions@oceanv.ca

1 – This and more information about vaccine safety can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/covid-19-vaccine-treatment.html#a2