Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine for Essential Caregivers of Individuals with Highest and High-Risk Health Conditions
April 20, 2021
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To: Primary Care Practitioners & Specialist Providers
FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
Reminder of Essential Caregivers Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Please be reminded that only some essential caregivers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Up to one primary essential caregiver per patient with Highest-Risk Health Condition is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. An essential caregiver is someone providing direct, frequent and sustained in-person personal care and/or assistance with activities of daily living to the individual.
Only certain essential caregivers for patients with High-Risk Health Conditions are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Primary essential caregivers are included for individuals in the High-Risk Health Conditions group who require regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.
Public Health Sudbury & Districts continues to follow the provincial prioritization for Phase 2 eligibility in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
Please note, individuals identified with At-Risk Health Conditions are not yet eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine.
Original Signed By
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer
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Highest and High-Risk Health Conditions are listed below.
Highest-Risk Health Conditions:
- Organ transplant recipients
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
- Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
- Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year
- Kidney disease eGFR <30
High-Risk Health Conditions:
- Obesity (BMI > 40)
- Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity- weakening medications)
- Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g. Down Syndrome)
Important note: The list of health conditions is not exhaustive. Health care practitioners are asked to use their best medical judgement to identify patients with health conditions not listed that may put them at similar or greater risk to listed conditions.
This item was last modified on April 20, 2021