Ontario Expanding Specialized COVID-19 Vaccine Supports for Indigenous Communities

Published on December 21, 2021

The safety and well-being of Indigenous people and communities across Ontario is of utmost importance.

 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ontario has invested a total of $120 million to support the health and well-being of Indigenous people.

 

The government is investing $30 million in specialized vaccine supports for Indigenous communities as part of its $43.4 million investment to help protect Indigenous peoples and communities from the impacts of COVID-19, outlined in Ontario’s 2021 Budget.

 

The funding will support the administration of third and booster doses and the vaccination of Indigenous children aged 5 to 11, in addition to the development of communications programs to address vaccine hesitancy. It will also facilitate ongoing pandemic response measures, such as testing and contact tracing.

 

Ontario is also investing more than $36 million in Indigenous mental health and addictions supports.

 

By working with First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous partners, we will ensure Indigenous communities and organizations have the necessary tools and supports they need to maintain public health measures and continue making progress in the fight against COVID-19.

 

Learn More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001301/ontario-expanding-specialized-covid-19-vaccine-supports-for-indigenous-communities