Operation Remote Immunity continues in Ontario’s Far North

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Team 6 heading out for day 2 of the walk-in vaccination clinic in Moosonee! Beautiful day! @Ornge #OpRemoteImmunity photo via Shalisa Barton @shalisa_am on twitter

Operation Remote Immunity continues in the province’s far north.

Vaccination teams and partners in these efforts consist of highly trained medical professionals representing a number of organizations, including the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA), the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA), the First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNHIB), the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, northern Paramedic Services, the Porcupine Health Unit, among others. Team members have received the full COVID-19 vaccine and have undergone cultural training prior to this operation.

Ornge is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation and registered charity that provides air ambulance and associated ground transportation services for the province of Ontario, under the direction of the province’s Ministry of Health.

“Residents of fly-in First Nations communities are at disproportionate risk during the pandemic,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs in a media release.
“Operation Remote Immunity is a critical part of Ontario’s phased vaccination rollout plan to protect the most vulnerable populations in the province and I commend all of the partners involved in delivering on this vital work.”

“The Moderna vaccine offers protection and hope for Indigenous communities across the North. It is an honour and a privilege for Ornge to work closely with our partners at Nishnawbe Aski Nation as we ensure community access to this life-saving vaccine,” says Dr. Homer Tien, President and CEO of Ornge. “We thank the community leadership for allowing our teams to begin this important work, and we appreciate the many residents who are providing their assistance by encouraging participation, setting up the clinics, and translating. This effort would not be possible without their support.”

Sol Mamakwa MPP, Kiiwetinoong shared, “Amazing to see Amelia get the vaccine. We need to keep our elders safe to share our history, our languages and traditions. Meegwetch to everyone involved.” Mamakawa is the Official Opposition Critic for Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation.

Ornge is a vital part of Ontario’s medical system, providing sophisticated medical air & land transport for very ill & critically injured patients. Ornge has been key to the success of Operation Remote Immunity #OpRemoteImmunity.

Ornge has bases in Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Sudbury and Moosonee.

Operation Remote Immunity aims to complete its work by April 30, 2021.

 

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