Care for the care-givers

Staff Reporter

BARRY’S BAY – It seems odd that the ones who come into closest contact with the most physically vulnerable would not be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccines, but that seems to be the case, at least in Renfrew County.

According to the Ontario government’s website, ‘Phase One’ of the vaccination plan is defined as including “residents, staff, essential caregivers (including family caregivers) and other employees in congregate living settings for seniors, health care workers, including hospital employees, staff who work or study in hospitals and health care personnel, adults in First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations, adult recipients of chronic home health care.”

That has at least included some health care workers, as the same site states, that in December “more than 2,500 health care workers who provide care in select long-term care homes and hospitals were vaccinated at University Health Network in Toronto and The Ottawa Hospital.”

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