FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Siksika Nation Rural Vaccine Clinic Launch
May 24, 2021 (Siksika Nation, AB) – Starting tomorrow, Siksika Nation will begin delivery of COVID-19 immunization services to rural residents in line with provincial vaccine rollout, in the municipalities of Wheatland County, Vulcan County, and Newell County.
The Siksika Rural Vaccine Clinic is intended to strengthen Albertas COVID-19 vaccine roll-out strategy by addressing gaps in service access for Albertans, in particular rural residents. Immunization services will align with the provincial vaccine rollout and serve individuals living in the municipalities surrounding Siksika Nation.
Siksika Health Services is well positioned to lead the immunization response for rural residents, as Siksika has been administering COVID-19 vaccine through its immunization clinics since Jan. 1, 2021. Siksika people acknowledge the importance of us each doing our part to protect one another. In the spirit of protecting one another, including our non-Indigenous brothers and sisters around us, Siksika Nation is pleased to offer COVID-19 immunization to rural Albertans as an accessible, closer-to-home vaccine location.
“It is my great honour, on behalf of Siksika Nation, to offer an invitation to our surrounding communities to receive COVID-19 immunization in Siksika. Now is the time for us to come together in the spirit of caring and protecting one another, to get through this pandemic together. Our communities do not exist in isolation; we are interconnected. Extending care and health services to our non-Indigenous neighbours is nothing new to Siksika; this vaccine clinic is just one of many examples.”
- Nioksskaistamik Ouray Crowfoot, Chief of Siksika First Nation
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been exceedingly proud and humbled by the immense amount of work taken on by Siksika Nation to prevent, prepare and respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their community. This vaccination clinic demonstrates that same leadership, partnership and vision that Siksika?has shown through their extensive and effective range of health services offered throughout the pandemic. Indigenous Services Canada is proud to support Siksika Nation in their efforts to provide an opportunity for their neighbours to receive a vaccine.”
- The Honourable Marc Miller P.C., M.P., Minister of Indigenous Services
“I want to commend the Siksika Nation, including Chief Ouray Crowfoot and the Council, for their continued leadership in our fight against COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, they have supported the public health guidance and been a source of consistent, credible information to their members. By opening their rural vaccine clinic up to non-Indigenous residents from neighbouring municipalities, they provide another option to help get as many Albertans vaccinated as possible. Thank you for reminding us that we are all in this together, and we will only get through this pandemic by working together.”
- Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
The Siksika Rural Vaccine Clinic will begin May 25, 2021. The clinic will be located at the Deerfoot Sportsplex; hours of operation are from 10:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday.
This clinic will be providing first doses of Moderna vaccine to adults born in 2003 or earlier (turning 18 or older this year) and Pfizer vaccine to youths born in 2004-2009 (12-17 years) starting May 25, 2021. At this time, bookings are available to residents from Siksika Nation’s neighbouring municipalities of Strathmore, Gleichen, Wheatland County, Vulcan County and Newell County. The vaccine product and eligibility may change as supply becomes available.
Immunization for rural Albertans is available by appointment only. Appointments can be made online by visiting http://siksikahealth.com/rural-vaccine-clinic/ or by calling 403-734-5706. COVID-19 immunization remains available to Siksika Nation members, and for those who live or work in Siksika, on a walk-in basis at the Siksika Deerfoot Sportsplex. It is not required for these groups to book appointments.
Siksikas Rural COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will commence with a virtual opening ceremony on May 25, 2021 at 9:30am. Media coverage is welcomed and encouraged, however there will be no live media at the opening ceremony event. The Siksika Health Services Communications Team will provide information, quotes, and photographs that will be available at http://siksikahealth.com/2021/05/25/siksika-rural-vaccine-clinic-grand-opening at 1:00pm on May 25, 2021.