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More Metis vaccine clinics planned for Alberta following success of Edmonton site

Last Updated May 4, 2021 at 2:38 pm MDT

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

EDMONTON – More than 1,300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been put into the arms of Metis Albertans at a clinic in Edmonton over four days in March.

The clinic, run by the Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA), is the first clinic to be led by a Metis government in Canada.

“The success of the clinic highlighted that the MNA has a role in leading and administering health services,” said Reagan Bartel, MNA Director of Health, in a release.

“After a significant amount of work to advocate for equitable vaccine access for Métis Albertans, we are so proud of the turnout. Keeping our citizens safe and healthy is a priority for us.”

The body says it is currently waiting for approval from provincial health officials but similar clinics are in the works in the north and south regions.