Indigenous COVID-19 vaccination clinic being held in Midland Friday

Second of third clinic aimed at Indigenous community members expects to see 400 people

A special COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held in Midland on Friday for Indigenous people living in local communities.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has partnered with Indigenous healthcare providers from Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Health Care, Chigamik Community Health Centre, and Beausoleil Family Health Centre to hold the clinic at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Prior to the opening of the clinic at 9:30 a.m., an Elder in the community will bless vaccines entering the premises with a smudge ceremony.

“The vaccine clinics have really been a collaborative effort to help keep our communities healthy and safe,” said Lynn Monague-Sauvé, President, Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, the governing organization for Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Indigenous Primary Care Team. “Earlier this month in Orillia over 250 people received the vaccine and we expect around 400 at the Midland clinic and a strong showing at the upcoming Barrie clinic.”

This is the second of three clinics planned for the local urban and rural Indigenous population. The third clinic will be held at Barrie’s Holly Recreation Centre on March 30. “People have been excited and hopeful as they show up to the clinics and this has made for a very happy and exciting look at what’s to come. As we continue to work with our partners, we want to make sure all Indigenous adults can receive the vaccine when they want one,” concluded Monague-Sauvé.