Residents of these sites, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities “are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection due to their daily interactions with other residents and staff,” said the National Advisory Committee (NACI) in updated guidelines published online. Tuesday. “They are also at increased risk of serious illness due to their age and underlying medical conditions. “
Older people also may not develop as robust an immune response as younger people on the regular two-dose vaccination schedule, NACI said, requiring a third dose.
The time since residents received their first vaccines is also a factor in the recommendation.
“Older Canadians residing in collective homes were given priority for the COVID-19 vaccine when the vaccines were first authorized; as a result, many completed their COVID-19 vaccination round early in the vaccine rollout, allowing more time to decay if that happened, ”NACI said.
The updated guidance comes more than two weeks after NACI recommended that moderately to severely immunocompromised Canadians receive three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.