Six Georgian College paramedics heading north to help with Operation Remote Immunity

Talk about on-the-job training!

Six members of Georgian College’s Advanced Care Paramedics course are heading to the fly-in Indigenous community of Eabametoong First Nation, some 350km north of Thunder Bay, to administer second doses of the Moderna vaccine from March 22 to 26.

Two instructors will be joined by four students on the trip, while Georgian College is the only post-secondary institution in Ontario to participate in the vaccination program developed between Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Ornge air ambulance service.

“First-hand experience with Indigenous peoples or Ontario’s remote communities will provide an opportunity for learning that cannot be replicated in the classroom,” said Jonathan Lee, a part-time instructor in Georgian’s paramedic programs and an Ornge critical care paramedic.

 An Ornge paramedic vaccinates an Indigenous elder in Mishkeegogamang during Operation Remote Immunity. A team from Georgian College will participate in the operation from March 22 to 26, image courtesy Ornge

“Bringing the team from Georgian demonstrates the college’s support for new opportunities for students and graduates,” added Lee. “It also provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships with health-care partners, and it allows students to contribute in a meaningful way during the pandemic.”

Before they depart, all six team members will be fully screened for and vaccinated against COVID-19, and will also receive appropriate cultural training.

Feature image courtesy Jonathan Lee