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Encouraging vaccine confidence through community-led initiatives by the Métis Nation Saskatchewan


OTTAWA, ON, May 24, 2023 /CNW/ - The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recognizes that community-driven initiatives are fundamental to understanding the roots of vaccine hesitancy and fostering confidence in vaccination.  As such, PHAC has partnered with community organizations to support increased access to credible and culturally appropriate information and education on vaccines, helping individuals make informed vaccination choices for themselves and their families.

Through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF), PHAC invested $200,000 in a project led by Métis Nation-Saskatchewan: Improving Métis-specific Immunization Access and Promotion in Saskatchewan.

This project supported COVID-19 vaccine confidence, education, and uptake among Métis people in Saskatchewan. It did so by:

These initiatives helped to bring resources to Métis communities in Saskatchewan, providing individuals with unique opportunities to learn about vaccination in comfortable and accessible settings.

The IPF is a key component of the Government of Canada's approach to advancing population health protection against vaccine-preventable diseases, supporting vaccine equity, and improving vaccine uptake and access through public outreach and community mobilization.

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"Vaccines save lives. Métis Nation-Saskatchewan played an important role in supporting Canada's COVID-19 vaccination efforts. This funding helped to share valuable information about COVID-19 vaccines and provided culturally safe spaces for Métis communities in Saskatchewan to ask questions and learn about vaccination. Through our IPF partnerships, we will continue supporting vaccine equity to increase uptake and protect everyone from vaccine-preventable diseases."

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health

"The Improving Métis-specific Immunization Access and Promotion in Saskatchewan project helped people to make informed COVID-19 vaccination decisions. By increasing vaccine confidence, this initiative worked to protect the health of individuals, communities, and our healthcare system as a whole."

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer
Public Health Agency of Canada

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Associated Links

Vaccination and Immunization
Immunization Partnership Fund
Canada.ca/Coronavirus
Update on the COVID-19 situation in Canada ? May 5, 2023

SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada


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