Ermineskin Elders and frontline workers received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine at the Neyaskweyahk Okimaw Kamik (NOK) on Jan. 19, 2021.
Maskwacis was one of 169 First Nations and Inuit communities that received doses in the first stages of Canada’s vaccination plan.
Maskwacis was the hardest hit reserve in Alberta, which in turn also had the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases in First Nations per province.
The first three Elders to be vaccinated, when asked how they were feeling following the
first dose all said “I’m okay.”
Chief Randy Ermineskin received the vaccine along with members of council in an effort to show others their trust in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
“You’re apprehensive, like any other shot, like a flu shot … but it’s so nice to have it. To have everybody go
through it, for our Elders, to protect them,” said Chief Ermineskin, as he waited the 15-minute waiting period following each vaccine.
The Moderna vaccine was the second vaccine to be approved by an independent body of scientists and doctors who specialize in medicine and epidemiology (the study of viruses).
“Canada’s independent authorization process is recognized around the world for its high standards and rigorous review. The approval of the vaccine is supported by evidence that it is safe, effective and of good quality.” (via Canada.ca).
– Article and photos by Sara Lee/ Ermineskin Newsletter Jan. 28, 2021