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Tla’amin Health Prepares for Covid-19 Vaccinations
(January 21, 2021)

Tla’amin Executive Council, and Tla’amin Health recently met with the First Nations Health Authority in preparation for the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out for our community. The Moderna vaccine is anticipated to arrive within the next 4-6 weeks. However, that is subject to change, as circumstances change. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to community members 18 years of age and older.

Why is it important to get a COVID-19 vaccination?
Vaccines save lives! The more people in a community who are vaccinated are therefore protected from COVID-19, and the harder it is for it to spread. Widespread immunization is the best option to protect people from COVID-19. The First Nations Health Authority’s (FNHA) Medical Officers strongly recommend that Indigenous people opt to get the vaccine when they are offered one.

Who will get vaccinated first?
The FNHA will be able to offer a vaccine to every BC First Nations person who wants one, in time, recognizing the vaccine distribution is rolling out according to supply, logistics and other factors. We are working to protect the most vulnerable or at-risk individuals and communities first, such as elders and people with health risks. We are looking forward to a time when we can safely gather together again. Until that time, we need to do all we can to keep ourselves and our communities safe.

Message from the Hegus
“It is important we remain patient and calm while we begin to receive our first round of vaccinations in order to protect all our families,” reminded Hegus John Hackett Jr. “Tla’amin Health has 4 trained nurses to administer the vaccine and oversee the 15-minute recovery time to monitor for a possible reaction. I am very confident with our Health staff as they prepare for the vaccine planning work that is underway. Receiving the two vaccines does not mean that you can throw your mask up in the air and start socializing and gather in large crowds.”

We must all continue to “Stay Strong and Stay the Course” and practise all recommended public health measures and local safety protocols. For example, avoid recreational travel and distance as much as possible. This is our best chance of returning to our community activities that haven’t been possible during the pandemic.

If you have any questions for the Nursing staff regarding COVID-19 and the vaccination please call Health at 604 483 3009.