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June 1 Public Update

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June 1 update from Vice-Chair Christine Petawabano on JBCCS
June 1, 2021

The Cree Health Board will start vaccinating Eeyou Istchee youth aged 12-17 this week. Vaccines are arriving in the communities on Wednesday, and school vaccination starts on Thursday, June 3.


Youth vaccination will be available three ways:

  1. At schools
  2. At vaccination sites in the community
  3. From a mobile vaccination clinic that will tour each community in June.

The Cree Health Board encourages parents, guardians and youth to talk together about vaccination. Getting vaccinated is a personal choice that should be made after getting the right information.

  • Youth aged 12 and 13 will require parental or guardian consent to get the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Youth aged 14 to 17 can decide on their own.

Youth who register their vaccination with the Clic-Sante system will receive their vaccination proof with a QR code from the Quebec government. This will be explained by the vaccination teams in the community.

We know that getting vaccinated offers an important layer of protection against COVID-19.

When you’re vaccinated, you have less chance of getting sick or spreading the virus to people around you.

Vaccinating our youth in Eeyou Istchee will be a big step towards protecting our communities from Covid-19 and its variants.

The Moderna vaccine is still available to adults 18 and older. If you haven’t received your vaccine, or need to get a second dose, call your CMC.

So far in Eeyou Istchee:

  • Almost 9 out of 10 (89%) of adults over 18 received a 1st dose.
  • Almost 7 out of 10 (69%) of adults over 18 have received the 2nd dose
  • This means that almost half of all the population of all ages is now completely vaccinated.

All our efforts with vaccination help with moving Eeyou Istchee forward to greater freedom.

All communities remain in Phase 4 deconfinement, which means outdoor gatherings are limited to 150 people, and indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people.

Mandatory Self-Isolation Law Changes

All nine communities of Eeyou Istchee have approved changes to their Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws.

These changes mean reducing the number of days of isolation after travelling to areas of risk.

Public Health recommended these changes because of the success so far with our vaccination campaign, and other protective measures.

In Ouje-Bougoumou, Nemaska, Waskaganish, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi, Whapmagoostui:

  • People who have received 1 dose or are not vaccinated must isolate for 10 days. This includes children and youth 17 and younger.
  • People who are fully vaccinated (who have received 2 doses) must isolate for 7 days.

In Mistissini and Waswanipi:

  • Anyone travelling from an area of risk must isolate for 7 days, whether they are vaccinated or not.

Wiichiihiituwin clients and escorts will still be allowed to split their isolation period between Montreal and their community.

Because of our progress with vaccination and other measures, the Cree Health Board Charter will be able to accommodate more passengers on each flight. Masks are still mandatory in the airport and on the plane. Visit our website to find more information about medical travel.

People will be required to provide proof of vaccination when needed. If you don’t have your proof, call the CMC or visit Cree health dot org to learn how to get your proof.

As the Cree Nation moves towards greater vaccination rates and better testing, we will see other restrictions change. This will take time, and deconfinement will need to be careful, especially because of the presence of variants.

Travel Update

For now, travel without mandatory isolation is allowed to the following regions:

  • Region 8 (Abitibi)
  • Region 10 (Chibougamau, Chapais, Matagami, Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Radisson)
  • and Region 17

Travel between communities in Eeyou Istchee for family visits and other reasons is allowed.

Please note that community gates are still in place, and people are required to share their information when they enter another community.

Travel to all other regions in Quebec, and Ontario still requires mandatory self-isolation when returning to Eeyou Istchee. Visit the Cree Nation Government website to see the updated Map that shows Areas of Risk.



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