Vaccination Supersites Stocked Up As Eligibility Increases For Indigenous Adults 

Indigenous adults, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people, are now eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine.

The added eligibility applies to vaccinations at supersites and pop-up clinics, which are stocked with either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

Meanwhile, the eligibility for the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine remains at 40 and up for all Manitobans, and 30 to 39 for people with certain health conditions.

Up until now, age eligibility for First Nations has been set at 20 years younger than the general population’s eligibility.

Dr. Marcia Anderson, the public health lead for the First Nations Pandemic Co-ordination Team says they have seen 50 to 60 percent of all COVID-19 admission to the intensive care units.

“We’re also seeing consistently higher numbers of off-reserve First Nations people than on-reserve people in hospitalizations and ICUs and, unfortunately, more fatal outcomes.”

As of Friday, there had been 114 deaths among First Nations people living off-reserve and 55 deaths of people living on reserve.

There are also 231 cases linked to more contagious coronavirus variants in First Nations people living off-reserve, compared to 45 on reserve.

As of April 29, 52,000 doses of vaccine had been administered to First Nations people in Manitoba.