OTTAWA, TRADITIONAL ALGONQUIN UNCEDED TERRITORY, ON, June 23, 2021 / CNW / – Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is committed to supporting Indigenous communities in their response to COVID-19 and continues to work closely with Indigenous organizations and provincial and territorial governments. From June 22, 2021, Canada and its partners have reported an incredible accomplishment in its immunization efforts, with more than 37,230,836 doses of COVID-19 vaccine distributed across the country. From June 22, 2021, in First Nations communities for which information is available, over 84% of people aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and over 49% have received two doses.
In the provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples aged 12 and over are currently eligible to register for their first dose of vaccine. Many provinces and territories continue to prioritize first doses for the population 12 years of age and older, with various approaches being implemented across Canada, including home, school, family and drive-thru clinics to reach households and support adoption. From June 22, 2021, more than 77% of people aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 in First Nations, Inuit and territorial communities. Of this group, over 49% received their second dose. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 73% of people 12 years and older received a dose.
We thank everyone who received their first dose of the vaccine, and remind everyone of the importance of getting your second life-saving dose to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Getting the full vaccine is a step in the right direction towards life and mutual protection.
We are satisfied with Nunavut First by Joe Savikataaq encouraging announcement on June 22, 2021, reporting 0 active cases, 0 new cases and 8 recoveries of COVID-19, for a total of 262 recoveries following the territorial epidemic. Their region successfully administered a dose to 20,126 people in Nunavut, with 15,861 receiving their second dose of vaccine.
There has been minimal community transmission of COVID-19 in the Atlantic provinces, with only 22 active cases reported in Indigenous communities on reserve. Partners in the Atlantic provinces are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and increase uptake of the vaccine through activities such as a rapid screening clinic in Eskasoni First Nation, where near of 70 community members were tested. In addition, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center has organized immunization clinics for urban Indigenous people in the Halifax Regional Municipality, and the Native Council of Prince Edward Island (PEI) works with Santé Î.-P.-É. to administer vaccines to up to 1,500 Indigenous Islanders living off reserve.
From June 22, 2021, the following COVID-19 data has been confirmed:
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) continue to assist Indigenous communities across the country. As part of Operation VECTOR, which is the CAF’s support to federal, provincial and territorial governments in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, Canadian Rangers and additional CAF personnel are extending their assistance to provincial vaccination authorities by performing logistical and general tasks in various communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in Northern Ontario continue to support the government of Ontario and Ornge is partnering to deliver the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to community members ages 12 to 17.
Ornge’s Operation Remote Immunity 2.0 launched on May 31, 2021, and aims to immunize approximately 6,000 youth aged 12 to 17 in 31 First Nations communities accessible by air in Ontario and Moosonee. This week, the CAF vaccination clinics supported by Ornge are taking place in King Fisher Lake First Nation, Bearskin Lake, Wunnumin Lake First Nation and North Spirit Lake First Nation for the first dose, Neskantaga First Nation, Weenusk First Nation and Webequie First Nation for the second dose.
As part of Operation LASER, which is the CAF’s response to a global pandemic situation, Canadian Rangers are currently active in Attawapiskat First Nation, Fort Albany First Nation, Kashechewan First Nation and Long Lake 58 First Nation in Ontario to provide assistance to COVID-19 response efforts in these communities.
The Canadian Rangers are also active in many communities across the country as sentries to help identify emerging demands.
Working with partners such as the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, Canadian Red Cross, and other federal and provincial departments, SAC continues to ensure a coordinated approach to providing supports. essential to meet the needs of Kashechewan. First Nation in light of its current COVID-19 outbreak.
Significant progress has been made in transporting and preparing temporary structures for further isolation, quarantine and medical use. Six medical isolation domes are deployed in the community to provide additional space, beyond the existing BluMed structures. From June 20, the three BluMed structures are in the community and are used to provide patient care. The additional medical and mental intervention capacity of SAC and its partners remains accessible in the community and remotely.
A senior SAC representative is in the community to help coordinate efforts with community leadership and health partners. SAC will not hesitate to provide additional resources as needed.
Despite many challenges throughout the pandemic, it is important to recognize the resilience and hard work of Indigenous communities in Canada. While the vaccine results are encouraging, Indigenous communities are making decisions based on the health and well-being of their community members, recognizing the need for continued vigilance as epidemics continue to occur. At the individual level, keeping our loved ones, our communities and ourselves safe during the pandemic remains essential. This includes minimizing in-person interactions with people outside our immediate household, avoiding gatherings, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently. Indigenous leadership, including guidance from Elders and Knowledge Keepers, has played a central role in promoting confidence in immunization, encouraging community members to get immunized, and ensuring that people have the information and resources to stay healthy and fight COVID-19.
In response to the evolution of COVID-19, the government of Canada announced the relaxation of border measures June 21, 2021. Start July 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travelers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on Day 8. Additionally, travelers arriving by air who are fully vaccinated and have met the two-week period after receiving their second dose in two doses the series will not be required to stay in a hotel authorized by the government.
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