COVID-19 vaccines and Indigenous peoples


The Government of Canada is working to secure safe and effective vaccines to prevent COVID-19. This is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and resuming normal life.

Here is what we know so far. This page will be updated when new information is available.

Some members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities will be able to get vaccinated in the first stage of vaccinations

Now that 2 COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by Health Canada and are becoming available, at-risk groups will be prioritized to receive the vaccines first as they roll out. This is because there will be a limited supply at the beginning.

Some Indigenous communities or members of those communities will be identified as being at increased risk. They will be among the first groups to receive the vaccines. The vaccines will be free.

Learn about at-risk groups.


Vaccines are safe and will protect you, your family and your community

Why vaccinate against COVID-19

By getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be protected and will help prevent the spread of the virus to those who may be more likely to contract it, such as:

Indigenous Services Canada encourages all First Nations, Inuit and Métis to receive the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and communities.

Resources on COVID-19 vaccines

Resource name Also available in Format
First Nations Health Authority: Facts about COVID-19 vaccines not applicable Poster
First Nations Health Authority: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines not applicable Webpage
Cree Board of Health and Social services of James Bay: COVID-19 not applicable Video and frequently asked questions
Government of Manitoba: COVID-19 vaccines not applicable Webpage
Government of Nunavut: About the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Webpage
Government of Yukon: COVID-19 vaccine strategy not applicable Webpage
Government of Canada: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine PDF
Government of Canada: COVID-19: How vaccines are developed not applicable Video
Make sure you know the facts about COVID-19 vaccination not applicable Poster

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