Siksika First Nation in southern Alberta has received its 1st shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and will start out immunizations on New Year’s Working day, Siksika Health and fitness Providers (SHS) declared in a press launch on Thursday.

Overall health personnel on the Initial Nation, which is about 100 kilometres east of Calgary, will commence immunizing inhabitants and team at the Siksika Elders Lodge on Friday at 1 p.m.

The treatment facility for Siksika elders was among these prioritized by the province to obtain the vaccine as it gives continuing care for seniors.

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“We are happy to see that a protected and productive vaccine has been produced so quickly and built offered to our most susceptible nation customers and their care providers,” Nioksskaistamik Ouray Crowfoot, main of Siksika First Nation, was quoted as expressing.

“Our health expert services proceed to approach for a staged roll-out of more vaccine to other precedence teams in the around foreseeable future.”

Premier Jason Kenney reported that the first cargo of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Alberta on Tuesday, and would be specified as speedily as doable to citizens and employees in prolonged-expression treatment centres.

The initial 16,900 doses were to be despatched to long-phrase treatment services in Edmonton, Calgary, Drugs Hat, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, St. Paul, Fort Saskatchewan and six congregate dwelling facilities on Very first Nations.

The 1st dose was given to a resident of the Riverview Treatment Centre in Medicine Hat on Wednesday.

Siksika currently at ‘high risk’ of transmission

There are around 7,500 users dwelling on Siksika Initial Nation, according to its site.

As of Dec. 29, there were being 12 lively conditions of COVID-19 at Siksika. A full of 323 scenarios have been documented on the Initial Country.

Its present transmission risk level is “crimson,” or superior-chance.

In July, the Very first Country instituted a curfew soon after 10 instances ended up reported in the local community. 

In November, the First Nation also closed all of its schools and its homeless shelter after COVID-19 scenarios within the neighborhood jumped from zero to far more than a dozen in just a number of days.

Final summer months, Alberta’s main medical officer of well being, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, praised Siksika leadership for acting proactively and transparently to control the distribute. 

She also spoke out against discrimination, just after experiences that some Very first Nation members had been getting turned away from local organizations owing to situations in the group.

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