Dear Optima Living Residents, Employees, and Stakeholders,
We continue to see Alberta & British Columbia expand the rollout of available vaccines. While each government continues to make efforts to vaccinate everyone, we must continue to maintain precautions like adhering to physical distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing masks. If we stay the course, we will get through this together.
This summary is taken from Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Update.
Booking through a participating pharmacy begins March 30
The next group of eligible Albertans will be able to start booking COVID-19 immunizations through participating pharmacies on March 30 as part of phase 2B. Seniors can book directly through a participating pharmacy, which can be found on the Alberta Blue Cross website. Additional pharmacies will offer bookings starting the week of April 5, as more doses arrive.
Booking through Alberta Health Services begins April 5
AHS is offering appointments in a staged approach and will start with those born in or before 1959 with underlying health conditions. All eligible Albertans wanting to book their appointment through AHS can do so through the online booking tool or by calling Health Link at 811.
Some easing of restrictions for Long Term Care Facilities are pending for April 1st.
Beginning April 1st, all residents in long-term care and assisted living will be able to have frequent, routine opportunities for social visitation. Eased restrictions include:
removing the requirement for a single designated social visitor to allow for additional family and friends to visit long-term care and assisted living residents;
expanding the number of visitors so up to two visitors, plus a child, will be allowed to visit at a time, allowing people to connect in small groups;
changing the allowable location of visits so family and friends can visit in residents’ rooms without staff present; and
allowing physical touch between visitors and residents, provided appropriate infection prevention and control measures, like masks and hand hygiene, are in place.”
“Changes to long-term care visitation to allow for increased social connection are incredibly welcome news for seniors and Elders in long-term care, and the communities that support them,” said Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors Services and Long-Term Care.
Click here to read “COVID-19: Visitor Restrictions in Long-Term Care & Seniors’ Assisted Living” from the Government of British Columbia.
New B.C. Restrictions
“COVID-19 continues to create challenges for people and businesses throughout B.C., and we are grateful for the sacrifices people continue to make to keep one another safe,” Premier John Horgan said Monday. See Global News for details of the new restrictions that came into effect on Tuesday, March 30th.
“More than 61,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered over the past three days, and 611,000 people have gotten at least one dose”, according to Global News.
Thank you to all residents, families, and care partners for their diligence with the continuation of COVID-19 precautions. All of our success has been the result of our continued teamwork.
Stay Safe. Be Well. Take Care.
Farid Damji | Co-Founder & Principal