January 11, 2021
By Jordan Cryderman
Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is thrilled to announce that the vaccine has arrived in the communities we serve. Sherry Sherba, Nurse Practitioner at the CSFS Yu Be-Yah Clinic in Prince George, has received her COVID-19 vaccination!
Distribution of the vaccine has also begun in our remote Indigenous communities, such as Takla; where Sandra Teegee, among 150+ others, have received the vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a very safe and effective way to prevent the virus. The two vaccines that Health Canada has approved to date are from Pfizer and Moderna, both of which have gone through extensive review processes.
Due to the fact that clinical trials do not include those under the age of 18, or immunocompromised people, there is not enough information as to how the vaccine would impact these groups so they are not currently recommended to get the vaccine.
Some who have received the COVID-19 vaccine have experienced mild side effects that are similar to the flu shot. These include:
- Mild to moderate fatigue
- Pain at injection site
- Headache or joint pain
Of those from Takla who received the vaccine, only mild side effects were experienced, such as a sore arm.
While the vaccine is tool we have to keep communities safe from COVID-19, the most effective tools are still maintaining physical distance of six feet, wearing a mask in public spaces, hand hygiene, and stay home when you are sick or unwell. Achieving ‘herd-immunity’ will only be possible if the majority of people receive the vaccine.
If you would like to learn more about the vaccine, visit the First Nations Health Authority website.
Last modified: Friday 12-Jun-20 15:43:45 PDT