Navy to start serving to with Manitoba First Nations vaccine rollout by finish of March

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Canadian Armed Forces personnel can be in northern Manitoba First Nations beginning March 29 to assist arrange clinics and transport group members whereas medical personnel administer vaccines. 

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan mentioned army personnel will arrive in Thompson, Man., on Thursday to arrange a staging hub for the army’s operations in northern Manitoba. 

As much as 200 personnel can be a part of the mission, he mentioned. The Canadian Armed Forces can also be sending a Hercules transport plane, as much as two Chinook cargo helicopters and as much as two Twin Otter plane to assist immunization efforts, Sajjan mentioned. 

A planning staff was in Thompson final week to conduct a reconnaissance mission, which included surveillance of Thompson airport airfield, Saijan mentioned throughout a information convention Wednesday with Indigenous Providers Minister Marc Miller. 

Miller mentioned the federal authorities plans to first assist with vaccine rollouts in Norway Home, Gods Lake Narrows, Berens River, Little Grand Rapids, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin, Northlands, Manto Sipi Cree Nation and Sayisi Dene.

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Members of the Canadian Armed Forces will help with COVID-19 immunization in a complete of 23 northern Manitoba First Nations. The mission is anticipated to final till the top of June. 

“Together, we will make sure that residents’ needs are met, and that everyone can be safe and healthy, and we will continue to be there if need arises,” Miller mentioned. 

The precise size of time the army can be in every group will depend upon various components, corresponding to how many individuals must be immunized, Sajjan mentioned. 

The federal authorities authorized the deployment on March 18.

Melanie MacKinnon, one of many leaders of the Manitoba First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Crew, mentioned final week that it is anticipated everybody residing on-reserve in Manitoba who needs to be immunized may have their first shot by mid-April.