Successful Run of Indigenous Community Vaccine Clinics Held in Niagara
In recognition of Indigenous Heritage Month, Niagara Region Public Health would like to thank the many community partners who helped make our Indigenous specific clinics a success.
Since March 10, 2021, 11 clinics were held in Niagara for Indigenous adults and youth 12-17, as well as those in their households. Approximately 3,800 first doses and 4,000 second doses have been given to Indigenous individuals and their household members in these clinics.
“We celebrate the work we have done to see that our Indigenous community and their family members were vaccinated as a first priority. This work, supported by Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara Health ,has ensured our most vulnerable are as safe as we can make it from this Pandemic,” says Jennifer Dockstader, executive director of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre. “We thank all levels of government for the value placed on our health and hope this marks a new chapter of good relations and inclusion, where we move beyond colonial approaches when with our Indigenous community. Now as vaccines are so readily available, we continue to urge each community member to sign up to the Provincial Portal and continue to be vaccinated. The sooner we all do this, the sooner we can gather again safely. Swatete'nikulala:k- Everyone be safe.”
“This partnership allowed for the presence of Indigenous leaders from across our community to come together and volunteer at the immunization clinics. The availability of smudging provided a sense of comfort, peace and familiarity during the vaccination experience. It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with our local Indigenous organizations in our community to ensure the health of Indigenous people are prioritized,” says Kathy Bell, Ojibwe; acting associate director, Pandemic Response Division, Niagara Region Public Health.
The Indigenous community was identified in the Provincial Vaccination Plan as a priority population as they have been disproportionately impacted by past pandemics. Immunization of those in this population has the potential to reduce or prevent the exacerbation of social and biological health inequities.
Providing immunizations to the Indigenous community would not have been possible without the help of the following organizations. We are grateful for their support.
- Brock Aboriginal Student Services
- De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre
- District School Board of Niagara
- Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
- Ganawegeh Urban Homes
- Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle
- Metis Nation of Ontario
- Niagara Catholic District School Board
- Niagara Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAMMB)
- Niagara Chapter Native Women
- Niagara College - Indigenous Education
- Niagara Regional Native Centre
- Ohsto:Seri Urban Aboriginal Homes
- Tungasuvvingat Inuit
Indigenous people are also eligible to book a second dose at a shortened interval, and can do so through the Online Provincial booking system, by calling the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, phone number, and which vaccine they received for their first dose. Indigenous people don't need status to book a vaccine appointment.
Niagara Region Public Health
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