28 Apr COVID-19 Corner

Updated (March 20th, 2021) – Please continue to educate your families and friends about wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying at home because #TogetherWeCanDoIt.

In the sections below, you can access up to date COVID-19 information and resources.

Building Vaccine Confidence

In June 2020, CHNIG recognized that best practice tools and resources are needed to address vaccine hesitancy in nursing practice and the importance of building vaccine confidence. As a result, RNAO Resolution 5: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy was tabled at the 2020 RNAO AGM and was accepted. It calls for, “THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) develops a plan to support RNs and NPs to promote the importance of vaccines, vaccination, and addressing vaccine hesitancy amongst health professionals.” The following are some RNAO activities and resources addressing our resolution:

– On Janurary 30th, 2021, Doris’s COVID-19 Blog discussed, “The PrOTCTplan for nurses: A guide to counseling vaccine hesitant patients & colleagues.”

Registered Nurse Journal (RNJ) Winter 2021 Issue featured Dr. Cora Constantinescu, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Alberta Health Services, which specifically addresses, “How can nurses become champions for the vaccine and feel empowered to communicate about it with patients, colleagues, family and friends?”

– On February 8th, 2021, RNAO COVID-19 webinar series addressed this topic with keynote speaker, Dr. Cora Constantinescu.

– The Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) with the collaborative partnerships of RNAO and many other organizations developed a COVID-19 vaccine tool.

Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (CAN-Sim)

A virtual simulation game to improve the knowledge and practice of COVID-19 assessment and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The game allows you to follow a client with COVID-19 symptoms through assessment and care from the initial public health nurse phone assessment to care in a COVID-10 Assessment Centre and Emergency Department. This simulation is created for nursing students and graduate nurses, and others providing health services.

COVID-19 Assessment and PPE

Health Canada

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Outbreak Update (Main Page)

Epidemiological Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Canada

For Health Professionals

Health Care Provider Vaccine Tool Kit (PDF)

Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Progress

Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Safety after authorization

Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Vaccine rollout

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada (PDF)

Immunize Canada

For the Public – COVID-19 Info

For Health Care Provider – COVID-19

John Hopkins University

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)

Guidance on the prioritization of initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine(s)

Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines

Preliminary guidance on key populations for early COVID-19 immunization

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools’ planned COVID-19 response in 2021

Ontario Public Health Units

Ontario Public Health Units

Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)

COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario (Main Page)

COVID-19 Vaccine-Relevant Information and Planning Resources

Health Provider Hotline (1-866-212-2272) & Website

Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) & Website

Guidance for the Health Sector

Public Health Ontario (PHO)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Main Page)

COVID-19 Data and Surveillance

COVID-19 Health Care Resources

COVID-19 PCR Testing

COVID-19 Public Resources

COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VOCs)

Daily Scan of Public Health Organizations

Emerging Topics: Synopsis of COVID-19 Key Research Articles

Interactive Self-Assessment Tool

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)

RNAO Updates and Resources on COVID-19 for Members and Other Health Professionals

World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (Main Page)

Situation Reports

Situation Dashboard

Travel Advice

Technical Guidance