COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE- February 22

COMMUNITY CASES

There are active cases in the community. We must continue to follow all of the general COVID safety protocols. Keep up the good work of continuing to keep your bubbles small and protecting our community, as well as our loved ones.

COVID-19 VACCINE TIMING UPDATE

We do not yet know when the Squamish Nation will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. That said, we want to reassure our members that we are planning carefully so that the vaccination process is safe, comfortable and efficient.

We are in frequent contact with health officials and will continue to update to the community as we get more information. This includes providing members who live off-reserve with information about how they can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINES

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have undergone rigorous clinical testing and Health Canada has approved them as safe for use. Both vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response.

If after receiving the vaccine, you are exposed to COVID-19 or COVID-19 enters your body, your immune system knows exactly what to do because it recognizes the coronavirus as a foreign substance and will know how to destroy the virus before it can make you sick.

After you are vaccinated, you might feel some pain around where you received your injection and mild flu-like symptoms. These are signs that your vaccine and your immune system are working. The vaccines don’t include any part of the virus. After receiving the vaccine your cells make the spike protein, the cells destroy the mRNA.

VACCINE CONCERNS

We recognize that some members may be concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to seek information from reliable sources:

FNHA COVID-19 Information: www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/communicable-disease-control/coronavirus
BCCDC Website: www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

If you are concerned about COVID-19 or the vaccine, reach out to a health professional, physician or a nurse for more information. Contact Yúustway Health & Wellness at 604-982-0332 and Kal’numet Primary Care at 604-985-2052 to be connected to the information you need.

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND MEMBER SUPPORT

If you test positive for COVID-19, you are asked to self-isolate for 14 days. If you came into contact with someone who tested positive, were exposed to COVID-19 or have been advised by Vancouver Coastal Health, you are also required to stay home (quarantine) and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

If you have tested positive or been exposed and have any questions regarding self-isolation periods, please call 8-1-1.

The Nation does not receive names of confirmed cases or members advised to self-isolate/quarantine. Please reach out to us if you require support.

Squamish Nation members can call the Member Services Department to receive emergency assistance and care while you isolate: 604-982-7610 during office hours or 604-505-3776 after hours.

PHONE NUMBERS

Member Services Department: 604-982-7610 during office hours or
604-505-3776 after hours.

Yúustway Health & Wellness: 604-982-0332

Kal’numet Primary Care: 604-985-2052

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