Regina – As COVID-19 continues to circulate in Canada, it is important for everyone to stay up-to-date with their vaccination to strengthen their immune response and reduce their risk of severe illness.
Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface -SaintVital, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, announced $149,940 in funding to the Regina Open Door Society (RODS) to support their project COVID-19 Vaccine, Immunization Awareness and Uptake for Newcomers.
Through a collaborative approach, this initiative works to increase COVID-19 vaccination confidence amongst refugee and newcomer populations. This project is rooted in a range of best practices, including providing credible multi-lingual vaccine information at the local level, increasing outreach to community members, and removing barriers to accessing vaccination. As a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants in Regina, RODS is well positioned to address gaps in vaccine knowledge; encourage vaccine uptake; and dispel myths and misconceptions about vaccination amongst newcomers.
The funding is made available through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) to support continued COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Investments through the IPF help to close the gap among populations with lower vaccine uptake and confidence by enabling informed vaccination decisions. Initiatives funded through the IPF are evidence-based and equity-oriented and deployed in communities across Canada.
Staying up-to-date with vaccinations by getting all your recommended doses provides improved protection against COVID-19 while helping reduce pressures on our hospitals and healthcare system.
The IPF is a key component of the Government of Canada’s multi-faceted approach to advance population health protection against vaccine-preventable diseases, support vaccination equity and improve vaccine uptake and access through public outreach and community mobilization.
“The Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) supports initiatives that help individuals make informed decisions about vaccination and their health. The Regina Open Door Society provides valuable vaccine information, supporting vaccine confidence amongst newcomers through a range of strategies deployed across Regina.” – Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor and MP for Saint Boniface – Saint-Vital