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COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: What you need to know

Over 57 percent of people aged 12 and up in First Nations and Inuit communities are now fully vaccinated, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada.

659,343 vaccine doses administered to date in First Nations and Inuit communities

Cheryl Trudeau, 44, gets a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic for Indigenous people in Toronto on May 25. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Over 57 per cent of people aged 12 and up in First Nations and Inuit communities are now fully vaccinated, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada.

As of mid-July, over 81 per cent of that population had received at least one dose. The percentage represents 659,343 vaccine doses administered to individuals aged 12 and older in 687 First Nations and Inuit communities, as well as  271,916 second doses.

As of July 19, there were 266 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 32,721 cases in First Nations communities. A total of 376 First Nations people living on-reserve have died from the virus, with 14 deaths reported in the last two weeks.

The total number of hospitalizations has climbed to 1,583, and the number of First Nations people who have recovered from the disease is now at 32,079.

Total cases in First Nations communities per region reported as of July 19:

  • British Columbia: 3,166
  • Alberta: 8,989
  • Saskatchewan: 7,860
  • Manitoba: 9,015
  • Ontario: 2,905
  • Quebec: 763
  • 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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