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Frigid tem­per­a­tures doesn’t hin­der Sik­sika el­ders from re­ceiv­ing COVID vac­cines

- By Ryan Dahlman Health · Medical Activism · Vaccines · Medical Treatments · Moderna Therapeutics

The freez­ing tem­per­a­tures did not have a big ef­fect on the num­bers of Sik­sika Na­tion el­ders who first braved the cold to get their COVID-19 vac­cine in­oc­u­la­tions Feb. 10.

Ac­cord­ing to Kelsey Sol­way, a spokesper­son for Sik­sika Health Ser­vices, they re­ceived 600 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vac­cine that was de­liv­ered on Feb. 8.

The doses will be al­lo­cated as first dose vac­cines for Sik­sika Na­tion El­ders who are 65 years of age and over.

Roll-out be­gan with El­ders 75 years of age and older through Feb. 10-12 at the Deer­foot Sport­splex, and by ap­point­ment at the Sik­sika Health and Well­ness Cen­tre.

Vac­cine avail­abil­ity will be ex­panded to those within the 65-75 age group dur­ing the week of Feb. 15.

The 600 doses will not be used as a sec­ond dose for those who have al­ready re­ceived a first dose. Sep­a­rate al­lot­ments are ex­pected for sec­ond doses. Un­for­tu­nately, the vac­cine short­age in Al­berta may have an ef­fect on the num­ber of vac­cines that Sik­sika ac­quires.

“At this time, Sik­sika is work­ing with other part­ners on plans to im­mu­nize Na­tion mem­bers who live off-re­serve. We will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for ad­di­tional COVID-19 vac­cine doses for vul­ner­a­ble na­tion mem­bers and care­givers. At this time though, we will move for­ward with El­der im­mu­niza­tion, as our Na­tion mem­bers 65 and over are at greater risk of se­ri­ous ill­ness if they con­tract COVID-19,” ex­plains Sol­way. “First Na­tions have been rec­og­nized as a pri­or­ity pop­u­la­tion for COVID-19 im­mu­niza­tion by the

Na­tional Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee on Im­mu­niza­tion. We are pleased to see that a safe and ef­fec­tive vac­cine has been de­vel­oped so quickly and made avail­able to our most vul­ner­a­ble Na­tion mem­bers and their care providers.

Sol­way adds Sik­sika Health Ser­vices con­tin­ues to plan for a staged roll-out of ad­di­tional im­mu­niza­tions to other pri­or­ity groups in the near fu­ture.

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Pho­tos cour­tesy Sik­sika Health Sik­sika Na­tion El­der Cle­ment Leather re­ceives his COVID-19 Vac­cine from Sik­sika Com­mu­nity Health RN An­gel Red Crow at the clinic Feb. 10.
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Com­mu­nity Health RN Mary- Ellen M Roberts dis­cusses the COVID-19 vac­cine with Sik­sika Na­tion El­der Nor­man Run­ning Rab­bit at at the clinic Feb. 10.

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