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Indigenous residents over 18 can now book a COVID-19 vaccine

Anishnawbe Mushkiki has expanded its vaccination clinics to include all Indigenous people residing in the city of Thunder Bay over the age of 18.
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THUNDER BAY - A vaccination clinic for urban Indigenous people living in the city of Thunder Bay is once again lowering the age threshold to those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Anishnawbe Mushkiki announced on Thursday that effective immediately, any Indigenous person living in the city of Thunder Bay over the age of 18 can book an appointment for a vaccine.

The eligibility extends to family members over the age of 18 sharing the same household.

Priority will be given to individuals over the age of 55.

Anishnawbe Mushkiki, in collaboration with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Nokiiwin Tribal Council, and Indigenous Primary Health Care Council began hosting vaccination clinics for those over the age of 40 after lowering it from 55 last month.  

The clinic was allocated approximately 1,000 doses and clinic officials said there has been some hesitancy among Indigenous people in receiving the vaccine.

Indigenous people have been identified by the provincial government as a priority group to receive the vaccine as part of its rollout strategy.

Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine can book an appointment on the Thunder Bay District Health Unit website.

Clinics will be held on Tuesday, April 6 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 7 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Thursday April 8 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the CLE Coliseum and Heritage Buildings.