Webinar: Vaccine hesitancy and First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations-Potential implications during COVID-19

last updated: January 5, 2021

Presented by The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) and The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH)

Tuesday, January, 12th, 2021

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (CST)


Vaccine hesitancy occurs when a person is unsure about the benefits of receiving a vaccine and chooses against it for themselves, their children or their family. It is present in every population and can range from being unsure about one or all recommended vaccines across the lifespan. Vaccine hesitancy can stem from a number of reasons, such as concerns around vaccine benefits, necessity, ability to prevent disease, risks, pain, and safety. It can also be due to common myths and misconceptions around vaccines. In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Funnell, an Associate Medical Officer of Health with Ottawa Public Health, will discuss some of the specific challenges for vaccine uptake amongst First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations, including their negative historic and contemporary experiences with mainstream healthcare systems, health care professionals, and vaccine providers in Canada. This is of particular importance within the current context of COVID-19 and the roll out of a vaccine for this disease.

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