Kitselas First Nation received a round of COVID-19 vaccine shots. (Kitselas First Nation image)

Kitselas First Nation received a round of COVID-19 vaccine shots. (Kitselas First Nation image)

Kitselas receives COVID-19 vaccine

Delivery of vaccine was expedited after cluster of cases in community

Kitselas First Nation on-reserve residents have received COVID-19 vaccines.

The community wasn’t expecting to receive vaccines until February or March, but delivery was expedited when the First Nation experienced a cluster of positive cases and two deaths, according to a news release issued Jan. 22 by Kitselas Emergency Response Division.

Anyone over 18 years old was eligibible but Kitselas focused on people over 65, front line staff, people at high risk, followed by the rest of the community.

Northern Health provided nurses who assisted with the vaccination drive.

Kitselas had two active cases with 17 recovered as of Jan. 22, according to the news release.

The Kitselas Emergency Response division reminded members that provincial health orders still need to be followed, despite the on-reserve community receiving vaccinations.