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July 14 Public Update

July 14, 2021
Summary

Adults and youth aged 12-17 can now get a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after 4 weeks (28 days). People can call their CMC to make an appointment.

Content

Vaccination

About half of all people in Eeyou Istchee are now fully vaccinated with two (2) doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Cree Health Board would like to see more people fully vaccinated as the summer progresses.

Receiving both doses of the vaccine is one way to protect yourself and others against variants of concern. It also helps safeguard health care services in Eeyou Istchee.

It is now possible to get a 2nd dose after 4 weeks (28 days). Call the CMC to make an appointment.

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

 

Travel

The following regions are no longer considered areas of risk, which means people travelling from these regions do not have to isolate when they return to Eeyou Istchee, whether they are vaccinated or not.

  • Gatineau (Region 7)
  • the National Capital region (Ottawa)
  • Eastern Ontario
  • Northwestern Ontario
  • Last week, Montreal (Region 6) was also removed from the map of areas of risk.

The following regions are still considered areas of risk. Travellers returning to Eeyou Istchee from these regions will have to self-isolate if they are not vaccinated, or have only received 1 dose. 

  • Laval (Region 13)
  • North Bay
  • Timmins
  • The rest of Ontario
  • Other Canadian provinces

People are required to show their proof of vaccination when they travel. Click here for instructions to obtain proof of vaccination.

People travelling with family members who are not fully vaccinated with two doses should contact their Public Safety Officer about specific rules in their community. PSO contact information is available on the Cree Nation Government website.

 

Testing

The Health Board encourages people who have been away from Eeyou Istchee to think about getting tested for COVID-19. This is especially recommended for people who are not vaccinated. The Cree Health Board now offers gargle testing in all CMCs. Gargle testing involves spitting in a cup, so it is an easy and fast way to get tested. 

 

Changes to Precautionary Measures

Quebec Health authorities have changed recommendations for physical distancing in certain situations, from two metres to one metre, effective July 12, 2021. The Cree Health Board has advised that these recommendations be followed in Eeyou Istchee when appropriate. 

 

Gatherings

Larger events (such as sports, assemblies, weddings, funerals) with up to 250 participants are allowed in Eeyou Istchee, as long as the venue allows for appropriate physical distancing. Consult local leadership for further guidelines about gatherings in each community. 

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