On March 5th, Ontario released more details on who would be eligible for vaccination under phase 2, beginning in April. This includes individuals with high risk chronic conditions and their caregivers. Adult chronic home care recipients are already eligible under phase 1.
It is likely all adults with Rett syndrome would be eligible to receive a vaccine in phase 2 under one of these categories:
Highest risk – People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function is compromised.
High risk – Intellectual or developmental disabilities.
If an individual falls into the highest risk category, one primary caregiver is also eligible under phase 2.
It is advisable to discuss your personal vaccination plans with your primary care provider. The Rett syndrome clinics have no additional details on vaccine rollout.
O.R.S.A. will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Update March 23: 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.
Update April 2: We are hearing reports that vaccine clinics in Toronto have administered vaccines to individuals with high and highest risk medical conditions and one caregiver. For those who have upcoming appointments at SickKids, it may be possible to register for vaccination with University Health Network even if you don’t live in the catchment area.