(Black Press file)

(Black Press file)

More than 90% of Agassiz long-term care homes residents vaccinated against COVID-19

The care homes received their first vaccinations in mid-January of this year

UPDATE: In the original version of this story, the BCCDC that said there were nine Logan Manor residents, and seven received their COVID-19 vaccine. Fraser Health has since responded to the Observer to clarify that information.

There are 37 long-term care beds at Glenwood Seniors Community and 32 assisted living beds at Logan Manor, which shares a building with Glenwood. Of those assisted living beds, 10 are subsidized and 22 are private.

The Feb. 15 report from the BCCDC showed that 55 people across Glenwood and Logan Manor had received their first vaccine dose. As of March 3, 36 people in those two facilities have received their second vaccination. Fraser Health is following up with those people who did not receive their second dose during this clinic.

More than 90 per cent of Agassiz’s seniors living in long-term care have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the most recent statistics from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), 92 per cent of all seniors living in long-term care in the Fraser Health region have received the first dose as of Feb. 15.

RELATED: Agassiz long term care homes receive first COVID-19 shot

In Agassiz Seniors Community, 58 of the 63 residents have been inoculated, or 92 per cent. In both Glenwood Seniors Community and Logan Manor, a long-term care home and assisted living facility that share a building, 55 of the 59 residents received their first COVID-19 shot, or 93 per cent.

In mid-January, Fraser Health that all of its long-term care homes would have received the vaccine by Jan. 15. At that point, Agassiz Seniors Community had weathered two outbreaks of COVID-19 and saw six residents infected with the virus.

Following that first vaccination clinic, Glenwood Seniors Community faced its own outbreak, but had no residents test positive for COVID-19.

RELATED: COVID outbreak over at Agassiz long-term care home

The percentage of vaccinated seniors in assisted living is much higher — 97 per cent in the Fraser Health region.

The total number of residents provided by the BCCDC data for both long-term care and assisted living excludes those who recently had COVID-19 or are symptomatic.

Residents may not have received their first dose of the vaccine because they declined the shot, they were not on site during the facility’s vaccination clinic, or they were unable to get the vaccine for medical reasons.

RELATED: B.C.’s next COVID-19 vaccine shipment to extend senior home protection

The province announced last week that a new shipment of the Pfizer vaccine would allow the province to make sure those living in long term care would be able to get their second shot.

Pfizer recommends that its second dose should be administered between 21 and 28 days, and not any sooner. Because of limited vaccine supplies, B.C. is expecting to extend that time period. The World Health Organization and the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization support a second dose being administered up to 42 days after the first shot.


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