Protecting our youth’: Indigenous-led vaccination event in Alberta aims to boost inoculation rates – CTV News

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Protecting our youth’: Indigenous-led vaccination event in Alberta aims to boost inoculation rates – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 202134 Views

September 24, 2021

TORONTO — Indigenous communities in Alberta face some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, on top of a provincial health system that can’t keep up with the rising COVID-19 cases. But the organizers of an Indigenous-led vaccination event in Alberta are hoping to boost inoculation rates in their communities, particularly among Indigenous youth.

Vaxx Fest is running from Friday to Sunday in the Stoney Nakoda Nation and the Tsuut’ina Nation. Cree physician Dr. James Makokis and Blackfoot physician Dr. Lana Potts, the two organizers of the event, spoke with CTV’s Your Morning on Friday.

“There’s many factors that are preventing Indigenous peoples coming to get their vaccine, and a lot of that is centered in mistrust and previous government policies, which were genocidal in nature,” said Makokis.

Read More: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/protecting-our-youth-indigenous-led-vaccination-event-in-alberta-aims-to-boost-inoculation-rates-1.5599149

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