Robert Goats got his first shot of the Moderna vaccine today.
Goats, originally from the Ulkatcho First Nation west of Williams Lake but who now lives in Prince George, was the first person to be vaccinated at a First Nations Health Authority clinic. The clinic, located at the House of Ancestors, will be open May 11, 13, 14, 18 and 19 to provide first-dose vaccinations to First Nations, Metis and Inuit people living in Prince George.
Travis Holyk, Executive Director of Health Services for Carrier Sekani Family Services, said the agency has been pushing for low barrier vaccination clinics.
“Keeping our communities healthy and working towards and end to this pandemic is truly a collaborative effort,” he said. “This clinic is an example of what we can accomplish when we all work together. COVID-19 has been a very difficult ordeal and has required patience, understanding and cooperation from all of us on an outstanding scale.”
“We felt it was important to provide this clinic to our members that live away from home and in Prince George so they can get the vaccine in a culturally safe way and that they feel protected,” said Julie Morrison, FNHA northern regional executive director.