Minister of Indigenous Companies Patty Hajdu mentioned on Thursday that Indigenous Companies Canada is flowing $125 million of COVID-19 public well being funding on to First Nations, self-governing and trendy treaty holders throughout the nation to help their ongoing public well being efforts and “improve their group surge capability to guard in opposition to COVID-19 infections.”
“Some examples of how the cash could also be used may embody to manage vaccines and boosters or to conduct fast testing. It may be used to pay for surge staffing and different sources,” Hajdu mentioned.
Chief medical officer of public well being Dr. Tom Wong additionally mentioned on Thursday that as of Jan. 18, a couple of million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in First Nations, Inuit and territorial communities. He added that greater than 85 per cent of individuals aged 12 and up have acquired a second dose.
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