Siksika Health Services has received confirmation that an additional 600 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to Siksika early next week.
The 600 doses will be allocated as first dose vaccines for Siksika Nation Elders who are 65 years of age and over.
Roll-out will begin with Elders 75 years of age and older starting Wednesday February 10th, through Friday, February 12th at the Deerfoot Sportsplex.
Vaccine availability will be expanded to those within the 65-75 age group during the week of February 15th.
More concrete information on timing of immunization clinics and transportation support will be shared in the coming days. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines, please call the COVID Call Line at 403-734-5706.
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.
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.
Now is the time for Nation members to start preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine. You should contact your family doctor in advance about the COVID-19 vaccine if:
- They are pregnant or breastfeeding;
- They have a bleeding disorder; or
- They have an autoimmune condition
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. Siksika Health Services continues to plan for a staged roll-out of additional immunizations to other priority groups in the near future.