Guidance for self-isolation may vary for those who are fully vaccinated and those who are not. You are fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the full series of a vaccine approved in Canada (for example, 14 days after receiving your second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or 14 days after receiving your first dose of a one-dose vaccine). Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca are two-dose vaccines and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) is a one-dose vaccine.
If getting alternate accommodations isn't possible, stay in a separate room
Have a caregiver bring meals and supplies to the room and drop off outside the door
Have a bathroom in your home dedicated to only you. If a bathroom needs to be shared, clean after every use.
Don't share utensils, toothbrushes, tablets, gaming devices, headsets, towels, etc.
If you must leave your room, wear a medical mask if you have one, otherwise wear a face covering
Keep a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from other household members
Rooms in the home should be well ventilated, such as keeping windows open, if possible and if weather permits and can be tolerated
You may go outside in your own backyard or balcony. Make sure to clean doorknobs after each use.
Don't use public transportation, rideshare companies or taxis
Cancel non-urgent appointments
If you must go out for a medical appointment or urgent care, drive by yourself. If you need someone to drive you, sit in the back seat, wear a mask and roll down your window. Your driver should wear a mask as well.
Make alternate arrangements to support children and other dependents, if possible
Ask a friend or family member to help you get a supply of groceries and other necessities. Don't go out and get them yourself.
It's normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or anxious during times of crisis. Try to focus on what you can control, and allow your emotions to come and go like a wave. Use these tips to help cope with self-isolation.