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COVID-19 vaccines and Indigenous peoples

The Government of Canada is working to secure safe and effective vaccines to prevent COVID-19. This is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and resuming normal life.

Some members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities will be able to get vaccinated in the first stage of vaccinations

Now that 2 COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by Health Canada and are becoming available, at-risk groups will be prioritized to receive the vaccines first as they roll out. This is because there will be a limited supply at the beginning.

Some Indigenous communities or members of those communities will be identified as being at increased risk. They will be among the first groups to receive the vaccines. The vaccines will be free.

Learn about at-risk groups.


  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: what you should know

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COID-19 vaccine: what you should know

  • Canada's COVID-19 Immunization Plan

Vaccines are safe and will protect you, your family and your community

  • Vaccination is a personal choice. Public health experts agree it helps prevent serious disease.

  • Vaccines are safe. They protect you and those around you from preventable diseases.

  • National Indigenous organizations, some national Indigenous health organizations and Indigenous leaders have been involved in planning for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to Indigenous communities.

  • Learn about the approval process for new vaccines.

Why vaccinate against COVID-19

By getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be protected and will help prevent the spread of the virus to those who may be more likely to contract it, such as:

  • Elders and older adults

  • residents and staff of long-term care homes

  • people with certain medical conditions where infection could cause severe illness and death

Indigenous Services Canada encourages all First Nations, Inuit and Métis to receive the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and communities.

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