Researchers study immune response, vaccine hesitancy in First Nations communities – CHCH

December 7, 2021

Hamilton researchers are working with three First Nations communities to investigate vaccine hesitancy, the immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine and health outcomes after vaccination within those communities.

The study, called COVID CommUNITY- First Nations, will collect, analyze, and report data relating to COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness and safety, as well as explore hesitancy in three First Nations communities in Canada: Six Nations of the Grand River in southwestern Ontario; Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Saskatchewan; and Wendake in Quebec.

“Collaborating to conduct this investigation of COVID-19 immune responses and vaccine hesitancy within our territory will help establish important and crucial COVID-19 data,” says Lori Davis Hill, Director of Six Nations Health Services, in a press release. “These will in turn assist us in providing the proper support to community members and will help with the continued fight against COVID-19.”

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