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COVID-19 Update – Vaccine
Residents of 18 remote First Nations communities are among the first people in the province to get the Moderna vaccine this week. As of Wednesday, more than 5,300 doses have been distributed to the rural and remote communities. At Splatsin, we still do not know exactly when we will be getting the vaccine to distribute, but we do know it will be within the first few months of this year. Band members will be notified as soon as possible.
The goal of the vaccine is to achieve “herd immunity” for our community, and our world. This is done by giving the vaccine to as many people as safely possible so that we can stop the spread. Although elders will be prioritized, we hope and expect most of our community will also be able to access this vaccine when it is available to us. If we can achieve “herd immunity”, we will be able to go back to closer to normal and do most things as we used to before the pandemic began. Meanwhile, please remember that we will need to continue to practice all the recommended public health measures to stay safe, even after receiving the vaccine. Stay tuned for videos from Splatsin Health Services Nurses and Splatsin leadership as the vaccine process is explained in detail.
Today, health officials announced that social gatherings are suspended until February 5 at midnight.
Continue to act like COVID-19 is already in the community as it could be at any time. If you experience flu-like or respiratory symptoms, call Splatsin Health Services at (250) 838-9538. After hours, call HealthLink BC at 811. These updates are published weekly by Splatsin Health Services using the most recent COVID-19 data available.