Vaccine rollout picks up speed in First Nations across Canada


The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has begun to arrive in First Nations across the country as the pandemic’s second wave continues to batter many remote Indigenous communities.

In British Columbia, the Moderna vaccine arrived in 10 First Nations on Tuesday, communities that were chosen based on remoteness, need and the availability of health care staff, said Shannon McDonald, the deputy chief medical officer for the province’s First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).

Dr. McDonald declined to say which communities are getting the vaccine and how many doses are being offered.

“There’s certainly not enough vaccine available to satisfy all the requirements,” she said in an interview. “And then, just like everybody else, we wait for the next allotment.”

Tahltan Nation in northwestern B.C., however, announced on its Facebook page this week that it had received 600 Moderna doses from the FNHA. The Gitga’at Health Centre in Hartley Bay posted photos of its first vaccination clinic, held Wednesday, that included 95-year-old elder Helen Clifton, the first community member to be inoculated. US SPREAD GOOD NEWS!

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