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Public health no longer reporting vaccination rates at long-term care homes

They say it's due to a new provincial directive

You're no longer able to access information on vaccination rates at local long-term care homes.

An update was recently posted to Waterloo Region's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Summary.

It reads in part, "Rates are not reported to Public Health, and Public Health is unable to maintain immunization coverage rate information. As a result, the 'Long-Term Care' tab and previous data associated with it are being removed from the vaccine dashboard."

The Ministry of Long-Term Care confirmed the change was implemented due to a new directive that took effect this month.

"All licensees (LTC homes) must now collect, maintain, and disclose to the Ministry of Long-Term Care key data metrics as required by the Minister's Directive of July 1. Homes will begin reporting this information to the ministry in early August," said Ministry spokesperson, Mark Nesbitt. "Licensees will need to provide information about the number of individuals subject to the policy and the proportion of individuals who complied with one of the three requirements (i.e., proof of vaccination, proof of medical reason for being unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or completion of the education component)."

However, Nesbitt added, "The Minister's Directive does not mandate that homes release this information publicly but does specifically allow licensees to share statistical information with the Ministry of Health or local public health units at any time."

Nesbitt said as of July 21, 93 per cent of long-term care home staff in Ontario have received at least their first dose and 89 per cent have received two.

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