Manitoba personal care homes won’t see big visitation changes after vaccinations: top doc

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They are some of the most vulnerable in the province when it comes to potentially severe outcomes from contracting COVID-19, and even after seniors in care homes receive their vaccinations, there won’t be big changes to visitor restrictions.

The province said it plans to have all personal care home (PCH) residents fully immunized with both doses of the vaccine by the end of February. However, the chief provincial public health officer said it doesn’t mean there will be changes to the visitation policies in place.

“Immediately, it probably will not make that change,” Dr. Brent Roussin said Monday.

“Things like visitation guidelines, over time, we’ll be able to change those. But it’s not something that we’re going to just immediately tie to vaccination.”

Getting the vaccine is still a choice and not every person inside PCHs will have received one.

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“We still have very vulnerable people within those settings. We know that vaccine uptake is not 100 per cent. It’s been very good. It’s not 100 per cent,” Roussin said…

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