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.

COVID-19 vaccinations underway

As of April 9, 2021, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of:

  • 614 communities with vaccinations underway (for either priority groups or all adults) in:
    • First Nations and Inuit communities in provinces
    • communities in territories
  • 274,018 doses have been administered, of that 68,012 were 2nd doses.

To find out more about the progress in administration of vaccines:

Indigenous peoples in urban communities

New resources available:

This page is updated as 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 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.

Planning for Indigenous urban vaccination

  • ISC is working closely with provinces and territories, First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners, the National Association of Friendship Centres and other urban community service organizations to support current planning efforts
  • This includes:
    • identifying challenges and opportunities for increasing vaccination for Indigenous peoples, no matter where they live
    • making the vaccines more available in locations that are welcoming and accessible to Indigenous peoples


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:

ISC 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 in British Columbia: After you get your COVID-19 vaccine not applicable Webpage
COVID-19 vaccines: get the facts not applicable PDF
Weeneebayko Area Health Authority: COVID-19 vaccines not applicable Videos and other resources
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority: COVID-19 vaccine information and resources not applicable PDFs and videos
Government of Canada: Vaccine safety in Canada not applicable Video
COVID-19: How vaccines are developed not applicable Video
COVID-19 vaccination tool kit for health care providers not applicable PDF
COVID-19 vaccine delivery: a testimonial from 2 Métis Elders not applicable Video
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: COVID-19 immunization plan Webpage
Cree Board of Health and Social services of James Bay: COVID-19 not applicable Video and frequently asked questions
Public service announcements about COVID-19 vaccines Radio scripts
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
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
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority: How the COVID-19 vaccines work not applicable Video
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
Protecting our communities: British Columbia Assembly of First Nations COVID-19 vaccines public service announcement not applicable Video
Siksika Health Services not applicable Video series
Vaccine development and approval in Canada not applicable Poster
Women's college hospital: Maad'ookiing Mshkiki, sharing medicine not applicable Videos and other resources

Related links

Date modified: