Here at Williams Lake First Nation we are intent on providing as many members with the COVID-19 vaccination as quickly and efficiently as allowed, whilst keeping all members updated and informed. A list of COVID-19 FAQ can be found here. Our first vaccination clinics in community were held in late January and early February, 2021. At that point in time we were informed that the second doses would be issued 30 days later – this has since been extended and we are expecting second doses to arrive in May.
New Province Wide Restrictions
As of March 29th – April 19th, there are several new restrictions in place:
- Indoor religious gatherings and worship services are suspended.
- Indoor exercise classes are cancelled.
- Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed.
- Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed.
Off-Reserve Members, Staff and Representatives
We have recently received 200 first-doses for Off-Reserve Members, as well as Staff and Representatives. If you are a WLFN member living off-reserve, but in the Sugar Cane or Williams Lake area, or a staff member or representation of WLFN, contact Three Corners Health Station at 250 305 4162 to schedule your vaccination appointment.
I know many of you graciously waited to partake in the vaccine earlier this year, as you wanted to make sure that all our Williams Lake First Nations Community Members had their first dose, and we are very appreciative of this gesture. Now that we know all our members who wished to have had their first dose we are on to the next step!
Awaiting your Second Vaccination?
We know many of you have received your first dose and are waiting to be contacted in regards to your second. Since our first batch of vaccinations were administered, the recommended time between doses has been extended from 30 days to 130 days to ensure as many people as possible can receive the first dose of the vaccine. Studies have shown this is the best way to reduce the rate of transmission as quickly as possible – which hopefully means we are able to go back to a more normal way of life as soon as possible. If you are awaiting your second dose, we will be in contact with you as soon as we receive the next batch of vaccinations, which should be available to us by May.
If you identify as Aboriginal and are 55 or over, you are able to schedule your first vaccination dose through Public Health.
Contact the Public Health Office at 1-877-740-7747.
We thank all our members for their patience, for their commitment to ensuring the security of our community and for their support during this very challenging time.