Still Need Your Shot?

Our first two vaccination clinics were held at the Maadookii Seniors Centre and catered to the elderly and vulnerable living in the Seniors Apartment Complex and around the reserve. 73 residents were given the first dose of the two-dose Moderna vaccine.  On Wednesday, March 10, we will reach a significant milestone in our battle against COVID-19, when these first vaccine recipients receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine. While it will take 2-3 weeks for their COVID-19 immunity to fully develop, we will have our first group of fully vaccinated residents! If you received your first COVID-19 vaccination at the Maadookii Seniors Centre, please contact the Health Centre to ensure you are scheduled for your second dose at the March 10 clinic.

The Nawash Health Centre is holding a third large vaccination clinic on Wednesday, March 17 to provide residents and staff with a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The planned clinic will administer the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which requires two doses to reach maximum effectiveness. After the first dose is given, the vaccinated person must wait a minimum of 4 weeks before receiving the second shot. Any Neyaashiinigmiing residents or staff, who are at least 16 years old, and have not yet received a first dose of any COVID-19 vaccine, should contact the Health Centre immediately to schedule their shots at the March 17  clinic.

Call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 for the following clinics:

Priority Group: Residents who received the Moderna first dose at the Maadookii Seniors Centre
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Maadookii Seniors Centre

Priority Group: All residents over 16 years of age who have not received a first dose
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School gymnasium

In the weeks following the March 17 first-dose clinic, we will begin scheduling second-dose clinics. More information will be announced as soon as it is available.

We are pleased with our vaccination progress and urge all residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols until further notice.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Neyaashiinigmiing Continues COVID-19 Vaccination Program

The Nawash Health Centre conducted a second large vaccination clinic March 3. 132 residents and staff received the first dose of the 2-dose Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total of first dose vaccinations in the community to 355. We are fast approaching our goal of vaccinating a minimum of 75-80% of adults in the community to achieve community “herd immunity” to the COVID-19 virus.

Our first two clinics gave 73 older and vulnerable residents the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. On March 10, the Nawash Health Centre will be holding a vaccination clinic at the Maadookii Seniors Centre to administer the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to those 73 first recipients. To avoid crowding and line-ups, this second shot will also be by appointment only. If you received your first shot of the Moderna vaccine at the Maadookii Seniors Centre, please call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 to schedule your second shot. Owing to limited vaccine supply, we can’t be certain when we will have doses of the Moderna vaccine on hand again, so it is important that everybody who received their first dose also receive their second dose at the March 10 clinic.

We are pleased by the success of our vaccination program thus far and we are committed to ensuring that every adult that wants a vaccine is able to get one soon. After the Moderna second doses have been administered, we will hold clinics for the following demographics:

  • off-reserve members: a first-dose clinic to be held in Owen Sound.
  • on-reserve members: an evening first-dose clinic for those adults not able to make previous vaccination clinics
  • on-reserve members: a second-dose clinic for those who have received a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

We will update the public as soon as the dates, times and locations for future clinics have been finalized. We thank you for your patience.

Whether vaccinated or not, all community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols until further notice.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Boundary Road Monitoring Station to Reopen

The Monitoring Station, controlling traffic into Neyaashiinigmiing through the Coveney’s Road entrance, will reopen on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 6:00 AM.

The monitoring station is a key part of our strategy to keep our home community COVID-19 free until community members have been safely vaccinated. Vehicles entering the community must give the monitors their reason for entering. Entrance is permitted for:

  • Residents and members
  • Essential employees
  • Emergency Response personnel
  • Essential inspection, maintenance and repair persons
  • Canada Post employees and other carriers
  • Hydro One, Bell Canada and GB Tel service people
  • Fuel suppliers
  • Anyone with written permission of Council

We are concerned that some drivers are not stopping at the monitoring station when entering Neyaashiinigmiing, and instead speeding by the monitors or merely slowing down to wave. This is terribly dangerous for the monitors, who work alongside the road performing an essential service for the community. The stop sign in front of the Monitoring Station is a legal stop under the Highway Traffic Act. Note that failure to stop is a traffic offense that could result in significant fines, or points being removed from the driver’s license. Residents are reminded that ALL vehicles entering the community are required to come to a full stop at the stop sign before proceeding.

Got Your Shot?

The next Neyaashiinigmiing COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held Wednesday, March 3, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. First doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be given in the gymnasium of Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, by appointment only.

If you are 16 years old or older, are a resident or staff member of Neyaashiinigmiing, and haven’t received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please call the Nawash Health Centre today to schedule a vaccination appointment.

The goal of our vaccination program is to immunize 75% of the adult population of the community. At 75%-80% immunization, we will achieve what is called “herd immunity”, when enough people are immune to avoid a dangerous outbreak spreading through the community. Herd immunity is the first step towards reclaiming our normal lives back from the pandemic. Herd immunity will not only protect those who are vaccinated, but also those that can’t get a vaccine for other health reasons. For your safety, for the community’s safety, for those who are vulnerable, schedule your vaccination today.

Priority Group: All residents over 16 years of age
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School gymnasium
Make an Appointment: 519-534-0373

If you have received a first COVID-19 vaccination, you do not have full immunity to COVID-19. All community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols until further notice.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

State of Emergency Extended in Neyaashiinigmiing

The Council has accepted the recommendation of the Community Emergency Response Group and extended the State of Emergency in Neyaashiinigmiing until March 31, 2021.

The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has announced that, as of Monday, March 1, 2021, Grey Bruce will be moving to the Green status of the provincial colour-coded COVID-19 Response Framework. You can see how the new colour-code is most likely to impact residents of Neyaashiinigmiing on our summary.

We are pleased that sound fact-based policy, determined action and public diligence have lessened the impact of COVID-19 on Grey Bruce, but note that the pandemic is ongoing. Members and residents are reminded that we must continue to follow pandemic safety protocols.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Thank You to All of Our Staff and Volunteers!

The Chief and Council extend their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who continues to work so hard to keep our community safe during these trying times. We particularly want to recognize our Health Centre staff, and Emergency Services personnel who organized and conducted our vaccine clinics over the last few weeks. They have done a fantastic job!

We thank you for your work, your caring and your commitment to our First Nation. Chi-miigwetch!

Vaccination Clinic Success in Neyaashiinigmiing

The Nawash Health Centre, assisted by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, held Neyaashiinigmiing’s first large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Neyaashiinigmiing on February 24. The clinic, held at the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School provided 150 older Neyaashiinigmiing residents with their first dose of the 2-dose Pfizer vaccine. The clinic ran smoothly with minimal waiting and line-ups, as each vaccination was scheduled by appointment with the Health Centre.

IMPORTANT: The next clinic will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, again at the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School. Any adult resident, over 16 years old, who has not yet received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, is asked to make an appointment to be vaccinated at the upcoming clinic. Call the Nawash Health Centre at 519-534-0373 during business hours to schedule your vaccination.

The goal of our vaccination program is to immunize 75% of the adult population of the community. At 75%-80% immunization, we will achieve what is called “herd immunity”, when enough people are immune to avoid a dangerous outbreak spreading through the community. Herd immunity is the first step towards reclaiming our normal lives back from the pandemic. Herd immunity will not only protect those who are vaccinated, but also those that can’t get a vaccine for other health reasons. For your safety, for the community’s safety, for those who are vulnerable, schedule your vaccination today.

We will hold additional clinics to administer the second dose of vaccine once everyone who is going to be vaccinated has received the first dose. The second dose can be administered anytime between 28 days and 2 months after the first dose. We will ensure that everybody who receives the first dose will also receive the second dose within the recommended window.

We are concerned for our off-reserve members as well. The Nawash Health Centre is in the process of organizing a vaccination clinic specifically for off-reserve members, to be held in Owen Sound. We hope to have more information to share about the off-reserve vaccination clinic in the next few days.

Even if you have received a first COVID-19 vaccination, you do not have full immunity to COVID-19. All community members are asked to continue to observe pandemic protocols until further notice.

  • Wear a mask outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Watch your distance and stay 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

Please Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccination

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, assisted by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, will be holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kikendaasogamig Elementary School this Wednesday. This will be the first of several large clinics we are planning in the weeks ahead. We are extremely fortunate to be receiving enough vaccine to inoculate the entire community in a relatively short span of time.

Vaccinations are being given according to priorities set by the federal and provincial health ministries. COVID-19 is highly contagious and requires significant care for those that become seriously ill. The virus threatens to overwhelm regional health care providers if it spreads too quickly. The goal of the vaccination priority order is to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the health system so that we can care for those that do get ill.

At this time, the Nawash Health Centre is pleased to invite Neyaashiinigmiing residents, who are 50 years of age or older, to make an appointment to receive their first dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule your vaccination, please call the Health Centre during business hours at: 519-534-0373.

For your families, neighbours, and community, schedule your vaccination as soon as possible. Call today!

Clinic Details

Priority Group: 50+ years old
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Kikendaasogamig Elementary School gymnasium

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

We are pleased to announce that two more COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been scheduled for Wednesday, February 24th and Wednesday, March 3rd, 9:30 AM -2:30 PM.

The clinics will be held in the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School gymnasium. Our own Nawash Health Centre staff will be administering the vaccine and managing the clinic with the assistance of a nursing team from the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit. Each clinic will provide the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 150 residents. The first dose is followed up with a second “booster” shot 4 to 6 weeks later to gain the full level of immunity offered by the vaccine.

In order to distribute the limited vaccine supply most effectively, vaccinations will be administered by appointment ONLY. The Nawash Health Centre will be calling community residents to make vaccination appointments, starting with the oldest age groups first, then working down through younger age groups. Younger adults may necessarily have to wait through one or more clinics before they receive their first shot, as priority will be given to older and more vulnerable residents.

If you are a Neyaashiinigmiing resident, born before 1960, and haven’t received a phone call from the Nawash Health Centre by Monday, February 22, we may not have your contact information. Please call the Health Centre immediately at: 519-534-0373.

Residents will be pre-screened at the vaccination clinic when they arrive for their appointments, to ensure that the the COVID-19 vaccine is right for each person. Residents will be asked to provide their health card number. If you have any questions about vaccination, you can call the Nawash Health Centre and speak to one of our health staff, or bring your questions to your vaccination appointment to have them answered in person.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been tested and administered around the world. They have been proven to be safe, reliable and effective. Note that with multi-dose vaccines, receiving the first dose does not mean that you have full immunity. Immunity takes weeks to build up after receiving your first dose, and the full effectiveness of the vaccine is not realized until several weeks after receiving your second dose.

For the safety of everyone around you, and for your own health, continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols even after being vaccinated:

  • Wear a mask covering your face and nose outside your home.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay at least 2 meters away from people you don’t live with.

These clinics will provide the first vaccine dose to 300 adults in the community. We will announce the dates of the second dose clinics for vaccinated residents in the weeks ahead.

Video: Chief Nadjiwon Speaks with Dr. Ian Arra

Chief Greg Nadjiwon and Dr. Ian Arra speak in this video recorded at the second COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Neyaashiinigmiing. The Chief and Dr. Arra discuss the success of our COVID-19 mitigations and upcoming steps in our vaccination plan.

The return to normalcy for the community begins with the safe, proven effective COVID-19 vaccine. If you have an pre-existing health condition, please check with your health care provider or the Nawash Health Centre about whether the vaccine is right for you. We urge every adult 18 years and older, who is recommended to receive the vaccine, to be vaccinated at one of our upcoming clinics.

We will be announcing the dates and locations for our next clinics in the days ahead.