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Changes to MSIL in Eeyou Istchee reduce isolation requirements

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June 16 update from Vice-Chair Christine Petawabano on JBCCS
16 juin 2021

The Public Health Department of the Cree Health Board has recommended that isolation measures required under MSIL be further reduced. These recommendations were presented on June 15 to Cree Leadership. Cree Nation Councils are reviewing the recommendations to determine whether to amend their Local Mandatory Self-Isolation laws. People should check with their council and PSO for updates about when changes to the MSIL take effect in their community.  


Expected changes to MSIL: 

  • Fully vaccinated people will be exempt from any isolation requirements when they return from any region outside Eeyou Istchee, including areas of risk.  

Fully vaccinated means: 

  • Having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or;
  • If you have had a COVID-19 infection and positive test at least 21 days before receiving a 1st dose of the vaccine, and you are not immunosuppressed, then you are considered fully vaccinated (as per Quebec’s Immunization Protocol, PIQ).  

Isolation requirements will still be in effect for people who are partially vaccinated (having received one dose) or not vaccinated until further notice.

We can, however, expect the pandemic to evolve in a way that will lead to eventual further loosening of some restrictive measures.

For families who have youth who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, or other members who are not fully vaccinated:

  • The fully vaccinated members will be exempt from self-isolation, and will be allowed to live with their family members who are still required to self-isolate if they travel together from an area of risk.

CBHSSJB staff members and employees will receive detailed instructions from HR about the implications for travel to and from Eeyou Istchee.

Wiichihiituwiin patients and escorts will receive further guidelines from Wiichihiituwin.

Local PSOs and Cree Nation Councils will be able to provide the most accurate and updated information about how MSIL is applied in each community.

Why were these recommendations made now? 

These recommendations are based on the success of the adult vaccination campaign, the progress of the youth vaccination campaign, and growing evidence about the vaccine's efficacy to not only prevent illness but also to significantly reduce virus transmission.

As of June 16:

  • 87% of eligible population 12 and older have received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • 61% of eligible population 12 and older have received two doses of the Covid vaccine, and are considered fully vaccinated.
  • 66% of youth 12-17 years have been vaccinated with a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The pandemic situation in Quebec is also steadily improving. Transmission rates are dropping in several regions and hospitalization rates are slowly declining. Quebec is making great strides in its mass vaccination campaign in the south as well.

Public Health continues to monitor neighbouring regions and their epidemiological reports to provide recommendations for assessing areas of risk.  

All precautionary measures are tools that work together to protect Eeyou Istchee

No vaccine provides 100% protection, and the risk of COVID-19 is not zero. But with mass vaccination we have gained an important, thick layer of protection against Covid-19.

Other layers of protection continue to be important even if you're vaccinated. 

Hand hygiene, physical distancing from people who don’t live with you, and wearing a mask when needed, and getting screening tests when recommended are measures that, together, provide better protection against the virus.  

It is important for everyone to continue practicing all precautionary measures even if they’re vaccinated.

For more information about areas of risk and MSIL, consult the Cree Nation Government’s Public Statement (PDF).


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