Winnipeg – 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 -Saint Vital, on behalf of Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced an investment of $265,732 to the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg to support their vaccine confidence project, AHWC Mobile Outreach Vaccination Clinic.
The project aims to increase confidence and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines through Indigenous-led outreach and primary care initiatives. As a trusted healthcare organization, AHWC will coordinate flexible vaccine clinics for urban Indigenous and marginalized populations in downtown Winnipeg.
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 supporting informed vaccination choices. Initiatives supported by the IPF are evidence-based and equity-oriented and deployed in diverse communities across Canada.
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.
Staying up-to-date with vaccinations by getting all your recommended doses provides improved protection against COVID-19 while helping to reduce pressures on our hospitals and healthcare system. If it has been longer than six months since your last dose, or since you were infected with COVID-19, it is time to get your booster.
“The Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg’s AHWC Mobile Outreach Vaccination Clinic is doing important work in support of Indigenous and vulnerable populations in Winnipeg. Thanks to this project, flexible COVID-19 vaccine clinics are helping to improve vaccine access, and keeping people healthy and safe.” – Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface – Saint-Vital