COVID-19 Update

Halifax Health is currently administering third dose vaccines of Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna at Halifax Health Medical Center in the Vaccination Clinic.   A web portal has been set up for Team Members and community members to register for a vaccination. 

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The additional vaccine dose should be the same vaccine product (Pfizer or Moderna) as the 2-dose vaccine series initially received.

CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.

If you meet these recommendations please click here to register.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines:

COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People | CDC

Visitation Policy

Our revised visitation policy has been activated to reduce the opportunity for the COVID-19 virus to spread in our hospitals during this time.

Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, patients who are COVID-19 positive may not receive visitors. Every effort will be made to provide virtual visits for these patients.

Non-COVID-19 positive patients are permitted two visitors at a time.

For reasons of:

  • Reducing the risks of COVID-19
  • Providing a quiet healing environment
  • Providing greater safety for patients and staff

Exceptions are being made for extenuating circumstances, such as end of life or unique patient needs.

Patients with fever and respiratory infection symptoms are placed in isolation for the protection of staff and other patients.

Anyone entering an isolation room will wear personal protective equipment that includes gloves, gowns, respiratory protection and eye protection.

For patients in isolation for other than COVID-19, visitation will be limted to one visitor per day. The visitor must wear the required PPE to gain entry.

All visitors will be screened for symptoms of the flu and possible COVID-19. Anyone with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed access.

We are making every effort to educate and inform the public on ways to remain healthy, including rigorous and frequent hand washing, through this website and our social media outlets. Please check back often for updates.

Frequently asked questions and information:

How do I know if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for me?

For the latest information on vaccines visit the CDC.gov here:

Information on vaccines:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

Information on vaccine safety:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html

Information on potential vaccine side effects:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

Information on vaccine safety application, V-Safe:

V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker | CDC

Information in this post was accurate at the time of its posting. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific understanding, along with guidelines and recommendations, may have changed since the original publication date