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COVID-19 Update Mar 9, 2021: Updated Vaccine Eligibility & Appreciation Day

March 9, 2021

COVID-19-Blog

Hello everyone,

As our cities and towns slowly begin to open back up, and as more Seasons staff, residents and their families receive the COVID-19 vaccine, more people are asking us, ‘when are things going back to normal?’ This is a valid question.

A retirement community is held to a different standard than the average local business (as it should be). Seasons is required to follow the enhanced directives and orders from our provincial government and our sector regulators because of our vulnerable population. Both the Alberta and Ontario governments are concerned about new variants and their rapid transmission amongst non-vaccinated staff and the essential visitors who support our residents. To monitor Canada’s vaccination rates amongst the population you can review the link here.

We appreciate how many of you are making vaccination a priority. However, not all of our residents, staff or designated essential visitors have been called to receive one or both doses of the vaccine. As I have shared before, the decision as to who gets the vaccine and when, is controlled by local public health units, not Seasons.

So while we have much to be optimistic about, the directives to retirement home operators have not yet changed. We are advocating in Ontario and Alberta to our sector regulators about retirement home restrictions. Like you, we recognize that access to the hairdresser, typical dining service and activities are important to connecting and caring about one another. We want life to return to normal for our staff and residents and we are prepared to act quickly once those directives are mandated, making it is safe to do so.

Vaccination Eligibility and Clinic Dates

As soon as we are informed of vaccination dates for staff, residents and Essential Designated Caregivers, we will advise you. We understand the frustration of having to wait, and kindly remind you that it is entirely out of our hands.

The government is considering the impact of extended vaccine dose intervals upwards of 4 months. While we have not heard definitively how this may impact us, you can learn more here.

Seasons Alberta

Community Residents Eligible Date of 1st Dose Date of 2nd Dose Team Members Eligible Essential Visitor Eligible
Seasons Camrose DSL Jan 12th Feb 8th Yes No
ISL Feb 8th Mar 1st
Seasons Drayton Valley DSL Jan 14th Feb 9th Yes No
IL Feb 9th Mar 2nd
Seasons Encore DSL Jan 5th Jan 27th Yes No
IL Feb 11th Mar 4th
Seasons High River All Jan 8th Feb 4th Yes No
Seasons Lethbridge All Feb 25th Yes No
Seasons Lethbridge Gardens All Feb 22nd Yes No
Seasons Olds All Jan 17th Feb 9th Yes No
Seasons Ponoka All Jan 16th Feb 11th Yes No
Seasons Wetaskiwin DSL Jan 12th Feb 4th Yes No
IL Feb 17th or 18th Mar 18th

 Seasons Ontario

Community Residents Eligible Date of 1st Dose Date of 2nd Dose Team Members Eligible Essential Visitor Eligible
Seasons Amherstburg Yes Jan 11th Feb 8th Yes No
Seasons Belle River Yes Jan 18th Feb 15th Yes No
Seasons Brantford Yes Jan 19th Feb 16th Yes Yes
Seasons Cambridge Yes Jan 21st Feb 11th Yes Yes
Seasons Clarington Yes Jan 21st Feb 19th Yes No
Seasons Dufferin Centre Yes Mar 15th Yes No
Seasons Milton Yes Jan 27th Feb 16th Yes Yes
Seasons Owen Sound Yes Feb 23rd  & 26th Yes Yes
Seasons Royal Oak Village Yes Jan 15th Feb 12th Yes No
Seasons Strathroy Yes Feb 21st Yes Yes
Seasons St. Thomas Yes Feb 11th Mar 4th Yes Yes
Seasons Stoney Creek Yes Jan 20th Feb 17th Yes Yes
Seasons Welland Yes Jan 29th Feb 19th Yes Yes

Ontario

For information on what phase your region falls into, visit their website. The Retirement Home Regulatory Authority (RHRA) has a scenario matrix for visiting retirement communities.

Please visit their website for information on the current visitor and resident absence directive. This week, our Ontario residences fall into the following zones:

  • Red: Seasons Amherstburg, Seasons Royal Oak Village, Seasons Belle River, Seasons Stoney Creek, Seasons Clarington, Seasons Cambridge, Seasons Milton, Seasons Welland
  • Orange: Seasons Brantford, Seasons St. Thomas, Seasons Strathroy
  • Green: Seasons Owen Sound, Seasons Dufferin Centre

Alberta

For more information on the status in Alberta, visit their website.

A reminder that everyone who enters our communities, in both provinces, must continue to follow our protocols including health screening, continuous masking, good hand hygiene and physical distancing. Information on our current COVID-19 protocols for residents and designated visitors is also available on Cubigo.

This week we acknowledge the selfless efforts our staff and residents have made in the name of our collective health and safety this past year. Each Seasons community is offering a three-day, complimentary Tim Hortons Grab-n-Go station as a small thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation with COVID-19 protocols.

Whether you live or work with us, we take our responsibility to you very seriously. Thank you for choosing Seasons.

Sincerely,

LeighAnne Voll
Chief Operating Officer,
Seasons Retirement Communities

For additional online resources for COVID-19 you can visit the following sites:

Canada Health
Alberta Health
Alberta Health Services
Public Health Ontario
Retirement Home Regulatory Authority

 

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