May 10, 2021
High-risk health care workers eligible to receive a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a shortened interval
South Grey News | High risk health care workers to receive second dose
The Ontario government is adding high-risk health care workers to the list of those eligible to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the extended four-month interval.
Eligibility for booking will begin by the end of the week of May 10, 2021 and booking details will be provided in the coming days.
High-risk health care workers who will be eligible for the shortened second-dose interval are:
- All hospital and acute care staff in frontline roles with COVID-19 patients and/or with a high-risk of exposure to COVID-19, including nurses and personal support workers and those performing aerosol-generating procedures:
- Critical Care Units
- Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Departments
- COVID-19 Medical Units
- Code Blue Teams, rapid response teams
- General internal medicine and other specialists involved in the direct care of COVID-19 positive patients
- All patient-facing health care workers involved in the COVID-19 response:
- COVID-19 Specimen Collection Centres (e.g., Assessment centres, community COVID-19 testing locations)
- Teams supporting outbreak response (e.g., IPAC teams supporting outbreak management, inspectors in the patient environment, redeployed health care workers supporting outbreaks or staffing crisis in congregate living settings)
- COVID-19 vaccine clinics and mobile immunization teams
Mobile Testing Teams
- COVID-19 Isolation Centres
- COVID-19 Laboratory Services
- Current members of Ontario’s Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) who may be deployed at any time to support an emergency response
- Medical First Responders:
- Firefighters providing medical first response as part of their regular duties
- Police and special constables providing medical first response as part of their regular duties
- Community health care workers serving specialized populations including:
- Needle exchange/syringe programs and supervised consumption and treatment services
Indigenous health care service providers including but not limited to:
Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Indigenous Community Health Centres,
Indigenous Interprofessional Primary Care Teams, and Indigenous Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
Long-term care home and retirement-home health care workers, including nurses and personal support workers and Essential Caregivers
- Individuals working in Community Health Centres serving disproportionally affected communities and/or communities experiencing highest burden of health, social and economic impacts from COVID-19
- Critical health care workers in remote and hard to access communities, e.g., sole practitioner
- Home and community care health care workers, including nurses and personal support workers caring for recipients of chronic homecare and seniors in congregate living facilities or providing hands-on care to COVID-19 patients in the community
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