Teams to start vaccinating entire First Nations communities in mid-March – CBC

Teams to start vaccinating entire First Nations communities in mid-March – CBC

by tumpa on March 8, 202140 Views

Communities at risk of evacuation due to fires and floods among those to get clinics first

Mar 05, 2021

Immunization teams will visit Manitoba First Nations to vaccinate entire communities at once, with those at most risk of flooding and fires or losing winter road access prioritized.

This will be done so communities that could be affected by spring or summer emergencies do not have such issues compounded by a potential COVID-19 outbreak, health officials said Friday morning.

Communities at risk of losing winter road access or where access is across a waterway will be also be prioritized.

“We know First Nations people in Manitoba are more at risk of COVID-19 and at younger ages. In addition, many of these communities may face evacuation due to fires and floods or have geographical issues that make it hard to get there,” said Dr. Marcia Anderson, public health lead of the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Coordination Team.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/first-nations-vaccine-rollout-1.5938203

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