Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that was discovered in January 2020. Most people infected by the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.
Older people, and people with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. The disease can spread quickly when multiple people become sick in household or in a community. It’s important to stop the spread of the diseases.
The best way to prevent the disease from spreading is being well informed about the virus and how it spreads. Together, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from the virus by washing our hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer frequently and not touching our face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important to wear a mask and cough into your flexed elbow.
The government of Canada released the use of four types of vaccines; Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccine was developed by leading scientists around the world.
Please note, all elders and staff are fully informed in both Cree and English before participating in any promotional videos or photos. WAHA has received written and verbal consent before anyone participate in the vaccine efforts.
Simon Smallboy, a registered nurse from Moose Factory, describes his experience receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. He received the vaccine because he knows he is now protecting himself and his family members. If you have questions about the vaccine, reach out to your community public health nurse.
Elder Bill Louttit from Moose Factory received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccinated because he wanted to see his grandchildren again.
Elder Agnes Hunter, age 86 of Peawanuck, received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Paramedic Howie Issac. Home visits are offered to those who are unable to attend the community clinic.
On January 11th, Annabella Metatawabin, 86 years old, is the first long-term care patient from Peawanuck to get vaccinated. She received the first dose of the new Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Charge Nurse and RN, Charline Linklater Trapper, at WGH’s Inpatient Department.