Vaccines are products that produce immunity to a specific disease such as COVID-19. When you are immune to COVID-19 you can be exposed to it without becoming sick. If you do become infected, the vaccine can prevent more severe illness.
The COVID-19 vaccine will also help protect everyone around you. The more people in a community who are vaccinated, the harder it is for the virus to spread and mutate. This is called “herd immunity” or “community immunity”.
Reduced access to stable housing, income, clean water and health and social services place some Indigenous peoples at higher risk of COVID-19. The vaccine is one way that Indigenous people can protect themselves from this virus. The FNHA’s Medical Officers strongly recommend that Indigenous people opt to get the vaccine when they are offered one.
Acknowledging that people may have apprehensions about getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is important. However, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks. This video explains why getting vaccinated is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and those you care about.
Indigenous people aged 12 and over can now book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
When registering, you will be asked to provide:
After registering, a confirmation via email or text will be sent within 15 to 30 minutes (note that this could take up to 24 hours).
You can also register by phone at 1-833-838-2323 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day, with reduced hours on statutory holidays.
Families and household units can now be vaccinated together at one appointment, providing additional flexibility and accessibility for vaccinations. This includes parents bringing more than one child to an existing appointment for another child in the family. Youth 12 years and older do not need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.
Callers who self-identify as Indigenous (status or non-status First Nations, Metis or Inuit) can register if they are 18 or older. There is no requirement to provide proof of ancestry.
Are you ready to be a #Vaxchamp and get your COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available? Visit our pledge portal and join other Indigenous people in sharing your selfie and explaining why it's important for you to get vaccinated!
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Contact your primary care provider or local public health office
or call 8 - 1 - 1. (Take a self-assessment.)