(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Seabird Island to receive COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks

All members 18 years and older will be eligible to be vaccinated

Seabird Island members will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine within the next few weeks.

In a recent message to the community, Chief Jim Harris shared that the band will be receiving doses of the Moderna vaccine within the next two to three weeks.

“The health authorities can call Seabird at any time to tell us, with just a few days notice, that they have a date for Seabird to get the vaccine,” Chief Harris said. “We don’t want to miss our opportunity for the vaccine.”

All Seabird Island members 18 years of age and older, including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living in the community, will be able to register for the vaccine. More information on how to register will be shared by the band in the coming days.

Everyone getting the vaccine during the Seabird Island roll out will require two doses of the Moderna vaccine. After the first intake, the second dose will be offered 30-35 days later.

Anyone missing the first dose offered by Seabird Island will be unable to get the second dose, and will have to wait until the vaccine is available for the general public.

RELATED: B.C. plans for COVID-19 ‘mass vaccination’ by March

There are currently 600 active cases of COVID-19 in the First Nations Health Authority, and it has seen 32 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The health authority has delivered vaccines to 19 Indigenous communities this week. By the end of next week, that number is expected to be closer to 60. Regional health authorities, including Fraser Health, have added to vaccine allotments for Indigenous communities.

In a press conference today (Jan. 14), key members of the First Nations Health Authority shared these new numbers for the vaccine roll out, and also their concerns about the rise of anti-Indigenous racism connected to COVID-19.

RELATED: Racism towards Cowichan Tribes in COVID-19 fight denounced by federal minister

Dr. Nel Wieman, the acting deputy chief medical officer, noted that in many cases tensions around COVID-19 has heightened existing conflicts towards Indigenous communities.

“We’re all in this together, and we’re going to have to move through this together, and there’s just no place for racism in anyone’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

During the press conference, acting chief medical officer Dr. Shannon McDonald also noted that the vaccine is not the golden ticket to pre-COVID times.

“The vaccine is not a panacea and it’s not magic,” she said. “It’s not the ticket to let go of some of the guidelines you’ve been given.”

RELATED: Socializing after the vaccine: Experts say shot won’t offer ‘free pass’ right away

Chief Harris’ video message to the community echoed that sentiment.

“Whether you get the vaccine or not, we still need to follow the COVID rules of no gathering, wearing a mask, keeping six feet or two metres apart and regularly washing our hands,” he said. “This needs to keep up until the rest of the country gets vaccinated.”

Anyone with questions about whether the vaccine is right for them should talk with their family doctor.

The Seabird health team and council will be holding a Zoom and Facebook meeting for members who have questions about the roll out process. These meetings will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and Thursday, Jan. 21. More information on how to join those meetings will be shared with members in the coming days.


Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
news@ahobserver.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Hope’s station house, moved from its original location along the railroad to 111 Old Hope Princeton Way. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Items seized by Chilliwack RCMP and Abbotsford Police during a Feb. 23 traffic stop. (RCMP photo)
Police from Chilliwack and Abbotsford seize drugs in traffic stop

Chilliwack RCMP worked with the Abbotsford PD to seize four kilograms of suspected fentanyl

(Black Press file photo)
Chilliwack RCMP looking for man who tried to grab boy near Robertson elementary school

A man in a parked minivan reached out the driver side window as a young boy passed by

Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Brett Williams/The Observer)
#Buttergate: Concerns around hard butter hit Agassiz and beyond

The first in a three part series on dairy farming, palm oil and Canadian consumers

real estate sign
Chilliwack’s February real estate numbers show homes flying off the market

President of the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board said he’s ‘never seen anything like it’

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

The City of Vancouver estimates there are 3,500 Canada geese in the city right now, and that number is growing. (Bruce Hogarth)
Help tame Vancouver’s Canada goose population by reporting nests: park officials

The city is asking residents to be on the lookout so staff can remove nests or addle eggs

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

Photo: Surrey RCMP
Surrey RCMP arrests two boys, age 16, during dial-a-dope investigation in Whalley

Sergeant Elenore Sturko said one boy is ‘alleged to have been in possession of a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest’

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Federal panel recommends 4-month gap between COVID vaccine doses due to limited supply

The recommendation applies to all COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada

Emergency crews are on scene at Walnut Grove Secondary School after a report of a bomb threat at Walnut Grove Secondary School on March 3, 2021. The school was safely evacuated. (Shane MacKichan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
UPDATE: Bomb threat forces evacuation of Langley high school

Police asked the public to avoid 88th Avenue and Walnut Grove Drive

Most Read