COVID-19 Vaccine

​The Importance of Vaccines
BC Vaccination Clinics
Be a #Vaxchamp
FNHA Vaccine News

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Importance of Vaccines


Dr. Shannon McDonald answers your questions about COVID-19​ vaccines (video 13:21 mins)

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.

What You Need to Know about the CO​VID-​19 Vaccine – up-to-date FAQs 

The Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines (infographic) – What is the COVID-19 vaccine? Why Is It Important to Get a COVID-19 Vaccination?, Protecting First Nations People Is a Priority

How the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines Work (fact sheet) – How messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines protect against COVID-19​​

BC Vaccination C​linics


Indigenous people aged 18​​ and over can now make one call to​ book their COVID-19 vaccination​​ appointment through their local health authority call centre.

For more information, see the FNHA fact sheet COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Update

To make an vaccination appointment, call your local health authority. (Not sure which a​uthority you're in?) 

Fraser Health Authority – 1-855-755-2455​

Interior Health Authority – 1-877-740-7747

Northern Health Authority – 1-844-255-7555

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority – 1-877-587-5767

Vancouver Island Health Authority – 1-833-348-4787​​

​Be a ​#Vaxchamp


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!​​​

VaxChamps Share Their Rea​sons For Getting COVID-19 Vaccines (Mar. 3, 2021)

FNHA Vaccine News

The Best Vaccine for You Is the One Available to You Right Now​ (Mar. 16, 2021)

Why Your Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Extended​ (Mar. 16, 2021)

Evolving Vaccination Plans is Science in Action: Dr. Bonnie Henry (Mar. 10, 2021)

Hot Topics: Questions about COVID-19 virus variants? Here are some answers (Mar. 3, 2021)

Stay the course: why we need to follow public health guidelines, even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine​ (Feb. 22, 2021)

BC First Nations Communities Accepting Vaccines With Open Arms, Rolled-Up Sleeves (Feb. 18, 2021)

Moving Toward Vaccine Confidence (Feb. 10, 2021)

Just the facts: COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant or breastfeeding women (Feb. 4, 2021)

COVID-19 Vaccine Hot Topics: Your second dose and adverse reactions (Feb. 2, 2021)

Taking a shot at COVID-19 – an FNHA Doctor’s vaccine account​ (Jan. 20, 2021)​​

 Be a COVID-19 #VaxChamp!

Marlene, Kitselas First Nation, Takes the Pledge!

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 Been exposed or experiencing symptoms?

Contact y​​​​our primary care provider or local public health office or call 8 - 1 - 1(Ta​ke a self-assessment.)​ ​​