COVID-19: Low vaccination rates among B.C. First Nations a concern – Vancouver Sun

Aug 22, 2021

“There are many (First Nations) communities where the all-of-community approach has meant that 100 per cent of those in the community have been immunized but there are other communities with significant issues around confidence in the vaccine and some issues around access.” — Dr. Bonnie Henry

The gap between vaccination rates among B.C. First Nations compared to the general population is causing concern among health officials and has prompted at least one nation to schedule a series of on-reserve vaccination clinics, aimed at youth.

Statistics from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control show as of Aug. 15, there was close to a 10 per cent difference between fully vaccinated Indigenous people compared to non-Indigenous British Columbians, with second dose rates of 66.7 per cent and 75.8 per cent respectively.

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