COVID-19 vaccines in Indigenous peoples

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COVID-19 vaccinations underway

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. Indigenous organizations, doctors, nurses and Indigenous leaders have been involved in planning for COVID-19 vaccine mobilization.

COVID-19 vaccine uptake data reported to and by Indigenous Services Canada now excludes uptake in Inuit and territorial communities as data updates from territorial and regional governments have not been publicly available since mid-2022.

Vaccination in numbers

As of July 4, 2023:

  • 944,707 doses have been administered in First Nations communities, of which 351,916 were second doses and 142,719 were third doses
  • Over 93% of individuals aged 12+ years residing in First Nations communities have received a second dose, while nearly 40% have received a third dose
  • Over 53% of children aged 0 to 17 residing in First Nations communities have received at least 1 dose

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

Indigenous children and youth

To find out more:

Indigenous peoples in urban communities

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:

Vaccines prevent infection, hospitalization, admission in an intensive care unit (ICU) and death. ISC supports all First Nations, Inuit and Métis to receive the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and communities.

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