Toronto-city run long-term care homes’ eligible residents to get fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week

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Toronto/CMED: in partnership with Michael Garron Hospital, the City of Toronto, will begin on Jan 6 to administer the fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to 145 eligible residents at True Davidson Acres, a City directly-operated long-term care (LTC) home.

Scheduled for this week is in place to get the fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the residents of five other City-operated LTC homes — Castleview Wychwood Towers, Fudger House, Kipling Acres, Wesburn Manor, and Seven Oaks.

Clinics at the remaining four LTC homes — Bendale Acres, Carefree Lodge, Cummer Lodge, and Lakeshore Lodge — will be scheduled over the coming days.

More than 1,800 residents in the City’s 10 LTC homes have become eligible for a fourth dose after the Province of Ontario announced on Dec 15 that three months after their third shot, all LTC residents can get the fourth dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Besides providing vaccination opportunities for residents, the City’s Senior Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) division is focused on strong infection, prevention, and control (IPAC) practices.

To date, 92 percent of residents in the City’s 10 directly-operated LTC homes who are eligible for three doses, have received them.

Receiving three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for the staff at these facilities has also been made mandatory by the Ontario government.

The city says there are more than 1,800 residents in the city’s 10 long-term care homes who meet the eligibility criteria for a fourth dose.

“With this highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, it’s imperative that the city does what it can to help protect the residents in our long-term care homes as much as possible. We are working at wartime speed to deliver a fourth dose of the vaccine for LTC residents in conjunction with the health and safety measures implemented by city staff,”  Mayor John Tory said today in a news release.