Vaccination clinic in Snuneymuxw First Nation exceeds herd immunity goal

Sat. Jan. 9/21

NANAIMO — A COVID-19 vaccination clinic wrapped up this week at Snuneymuxw First Nation.

The two-day clinic helped 71 per cent of the First Nation’s population receive the Moderna vaccine. The clinic was arranged after SFN was moved up the priority list for the vaccine after an outbreak was declared in late December.

Chief Mike Wyse said in a statement, he is confident they have sufficient herd immunity that will help reduce spread of the virus.

“We have a distance to go yet to get out of the cluster of active cases and I know that our Nation will get there by moving forward cautiously and steadily,” Wyse said.

SFN was provided 470 doses of the vaccine, Island Health nurses began administering to residents on Wednesday, Jan. 6th.

“I want to extend our deepest gratitude to Island Health nurses and staff. Staying long hours to provide service and tailoring approaches to align with Snuneymuxw way of life is much appreciated.”

As of Friday, Jan. 8, there were 21 active cases of COVID-19 within SFN and six people who are fully recovered.

“We still have active cases and until further notice, the stay at home order and community security will remain in effect.”

Island Health will return to SFN in February for a second clinic to help provide the required second dose to residents.