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IN THE NEWS: AS CARE HOME RESIDENTS GET SECOND VACCINE DOSES, STUDY AIMS TO TRACK THEIR ANTIBODY LEVELS (VANCOUVER SUN)

Alfred Best, a 95-year-old Second World War veteran, jumped at a chance to be part of a studying on how well COVID vaccines work. PHOTO BY FRANCIS GEORGIAN /PNG

A virologist said it may be months before restrictions for visitors are lifted, and freedoms and procedures at seniors' homes may never return to pre-COVID times.

Residents of seven B.C. seniors’ homes, including one with one of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks, have been or soon will be fully vaccinated, but a virologist studying how well the vaccine worked on those elderly residents said it will likely be months before restrictions are lifted, and long-term care homes may never return to pre-pandemic freedoms.

“We hope some of the findings of our study can be used by public health officials as they move forward with their approach to visitors,” said the study lead, Dr. Marc Romney, who heads up medical microbiology and virology at Providence Health Care.

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This page last updated Feb 19, 2021 5:39pm PST