COVID-19 Support Centre

Let’s put Cousins before COVID.

Carrier and Sekani people are a family— we are all connected as siblings, cousins, aunties, uncles and friends. We look out for one another and protecting each other means getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

Our COVID-19 Support Centre ensures you have access to trusted information and vaccine support. Browse the site below for fact sheets, contact information and resources.

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Get Informed

We’ve combed through the research and put together fact sheets answering the most common questions on the COVID-19 virus and the vaccines.


Rapid Tests Available

Rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits are available at the CSFS Yu Be-yah Primary Care Clinic (987 4th Ave, Prince George). Each kit comes with five rapid tests. 

To request a test kit for your household, contact Judith Sandford: jsandford@csfs.org or 250-962-0244

When to take a rapid test:

Rapid tests are for members of your household who are presenting symptoms of COVID-19. The rapid tests are not to be used in the event of a COVID exposure or for non-symptomatic individuals.

Only take a rapid test if you are presenting one of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

How rapid tests work:

Rapid antigen tests detect the antigens of the virus that causes COVID-19 and it can take 3 to 7 days after infection for there to be enough of the virus to be detected by the test. If a person with COVID-19 tests too early after they become infected, the test result can show as negative; this is called a false negative. 

Rapid antigen screening only provides a point-in-time result. A negative result does not guarantee an individual is not contagious. If you have recently been exposed to COVID-19, you may still test positive later once there are enough antigens in your system for the test to detect.

What to do after taking a rapid test:

If you test positive:

If you test negative:

  • If you get a negative result, it means that COVID-19 was not detected
  • Self-isolate until your symptoms improve and you feel well enough to return to regular activities

Get Vaccinated

Proof of vaccination, such as the BC Vaccine Card, is required to access some events, services and businesses like restaurants and gyms. Find the full list here. The requirement is in place until April 8, 2022.

COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone ages 5 or older. Health Canada approved vaccines for children ages 5-11 on Nov. 19, 2021. 

Two doses are required to provide the strongest and longest possible protection and the booster shot helps maintain that protection. Some people with compromised immune systems need a third dose of the vaccine to complete their initial vaccine series. Booster vaccines are available for those 18 and older who have received their second dose of vaccine at least six to eight months ago. Pregnant people are eligible to receive a booster shot eight weeks after their second dose. Learn more about the vaccine in our vaccine fact sheet or booster shot fact sheet

Getting vaccinated in your community: 

  1. Contact your health clinic to book an appointment
  2. Apply for the Vaccination card here

Upcoming COVID + FLU Community Clinics

  • Saik’uz: Oct. 19 @ 9:30am – 3:00pm at the Saik’uz Health Centre: (250) 567-9773
  • Clinics are being planned for other communities as well, more details coming soon.

Getting vaccinated outside of your community: 

  1. Register online or by phone at 1-833-838-2323 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., every day, with reduced hours on statutory holidays. Dial 711 if you are hearing-impaired.
  2. Make an appointment or drop-in to one of the Northern Health Vaccination Clinics
  3. Apply for the Vaccination card here

Questions?

  • Contact your local health centre or doctor for information about the vaccine, or to book an appointment.
  • If you can’t find the information you need, call the CSFS main office number at 250-562-3591 or 1-800-889-6855 and our team will help connect you with the right people or resources. 

Why is getting a vaccine important to you?

Hear from community members on why getting a vaccine is important to them.

A message in Carrier from Barby Skaling, CSFS Cultural Advisor, on behalf of CEO Warner Adam.

Jasmine Thomas | Elected Councillor | Saik’uz Nation

Jonathan French | Community Member | Takla Nation

 

Corrina Leween | Chief | Cheslatta Carrier Nation

Dr. Todd Alec | Family Physician | Nak'azdli Nation

  

 

Dr. Nadine Caron | Surgeon | Ojibwe Nation

Warner Adam | CEO of Carrier Sekani Family Services | Lake Babine Nation


Additional COVID-19 Resources


Questions?

  • Contact your local health centre or doctor for information about the vaccine, or to book an appointment.
  • If you can’t find the information you need, call the CSFS main office number at 250-562-3591 or 1-800-889-6855 and our team will help connect you with the right people or resources. 

Last modified: Friday 14-Oct-22 16:28:12 PDT