COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: Over 62 per cent of First Nations and Inuit fully vaccinated

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COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: Over 62 per cent of First Nations and Inuit fully vaccinated
Julia Lorenti, 13, gets a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Gary Bloch, with St. Michael’s Hospital, at a clinic for people with Indigenous ancestry, in Toronto, on May 25. Canada has become a world leader in share of its population with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
Julia Lorenti, 13, gets a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Gary Bloch, with St. Michael’s Hospital, at a clinic for people with Indigenous ancestry, in Toronto, on May 25. Canada has become a world leader in share of its population with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

Over 62 per cent of people aged 12 and up in First Nations and Inuit communities and the territories are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada.

As of the end of July, over 85 per cent of that eligible population had received at least one dose of vaccine. The percentages represent 701,228 vaccine doses administered to individuals aged 12 and older in 687 First Nations and Inuit communities, including 281,188 second doses.

Number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in First Nations

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Active cases

As of Aug. 2, there were 286 active cases of the virus in First Nations. The majority of new infections were reported in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 33,152 cases in First Nations communities. A total of 381 First Nations people living on-reserve have died from the virus, with five deaths reported in the last two weeks.

Total hospitalizations climbed to 1,591, and the number of First Nations people who have recovered from the disease is now at 32,485.

Number of active COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities by episode date

Cumulative total number of reported and recovered cases in First Nations communities

Total cases in First Nations communities per region reported as of August 2:

  • British Columbia: 3,167

  • Alberta: 9,007

  • Saskatchewan: 8,092

  • Manitoba: 9,172

  • Ontario: 2,930

  • Quebec: 761

  • Atlantic: 23

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • New or worsening cough.

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

  • Temperature equal to or over 38 C.

  • Feeling feverish.

  • Chills.

  • Fatigue or weakness.

  • Muscle or body aches.

  • New loss of smell or taste.

  • Headache.

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting).

  • Feeling very unwell.

If you think you may have COVID-19, please consult your local health department to book an appointment at a screening clinic.

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