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Six Nations paramedics, long-term-care staff get COVID-19 vaccine

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The COVID-19 vaccine has not yet arrived in Six Nations of the Grand River territory. But four paramedics and 27 staff from Iroquois Lodge, a long-term-care home in Ohsweken, received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week at a Hamilton hospital.

At least 10 more Six Nations paramedics expect to soon receive their first shots, and staff at Iroquois Lodge and the Jay Silverheels Complex — a supportive housing and health-care centre in Ohsweken — are preparing for the day the vaccine is available for residents at those facilities.

“Staff are working through obtaining residents’ consent for COVID vaccinations, and they will be the first community resident group to receive doses,” said Candace Lickers, spokesperson for Six Nations Elected Council.

Lickers said the reserve expects to receive the Moderna vaccine — which is delivered in two doses within 28 days — though when the shipment will arrive is unknown.

Public health staff and paramedics will inoculate band members according to a priority list devised by the Six Nations COVID-19 Task Force that aligns with priority populations identified by the ministry of health.

“It is expected the initial shipment quantities will not be sufficient to begin mass immunization, due to the high global demand, which is why we are having fulsome discussions to confirm the priority list,” said director of health services Lori Davis Hill.

Lickers said residents should continue to follow public health directives and take precautions against COVID-19 even after the arrival of the vaccine, which residents can opt out of receiving if they wish.

“COVID vaccination will not be mandatory and will be a personal choice when it becomes readily available,” she said.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator