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Fort Nelson First Nation elders to receive COVID-19 vaccine

The Fort Nelson First Nation says it is receiving a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines this week, which will be prioritized and given to elders.
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Michelle Chester, director of employee health services at Northwell Health, holds a bottle containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in Valley Stream, N.Y., on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Munoz/Pool via AP)

The Fort Nelson First Nation says it is receiving a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines this week, which will be prioritized and given to elders.

“Vaccines do more than protect the people getting vaccinated; they also protect everyone around them,” Roberta Dendys, director of community services, wrote in a Jan. 11 public letter. “The more people in a community who are vaccinated and protected from COVID-19, the hard it is for the virus to spread.”

The community is receiving the Moderna vaccine, and elders have been given priority by the First Nation Health Authority and Northern Health, Dendys wrote.

Plans are being prepared for community immunizations in March, though no dates have been determined, Dendys wrote.

 

 

Please be advised that the week of January 11, 2021, Fort Nelson First Nation will be in receipt of a limited distribution of the Moderna Vaccine. See attached.

Posted by Fort Nelson First Nation on Monday, January 11, 2021

The province has received 71,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses as of January 7 — 50,700 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 29,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Moderna is still ramping up its deliveries to B.C. with 20,700 doses set to arrive this week.

The government is not forecasting additional doses until the week of Feb. 1-7, when 28,500 doses are expected to arrive. That will be followed by with the arrival of 31,000 doses the week of Feb. 22-28.

Ottawa is distributing the doses to the provinces and territories on a per capita basis, however, the Pfizer vaccine is more difficult to transport than Moderna’s owing to the fact it must be kept cool at temperatures of up to -80C.

B.C. had administered 59,902 vaccinations as of Jan. 10, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there have been no known accounts of any wasted doses in the province.

— with files from Tyler Orton/Business in Vancouver

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca