For Immediate Release: February 23, 2021
At a Special Council meeting on Friday, February 19, the Six Nations Elected Council approved the Six
Nations Vaccine Priority Matrix.
The Priority Matrix, which was developed by the Six Nations Vaccine Task Force, considers the risk of
severe outcomes and risk mitigation potential to determine which populations should be the priority
in receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. This will ensure that our most vulnerable within the community
will receive the vaccine first.
During the initial phases of the COVID-19 vaccine plan, a very limited supply of vaccine is available.
Vaccinations are nearly complete for residents of the Iroquois Lodge and the Jay Silverheels Complex
for those who expressed interest in being vaccinated. The next phase will include community
members who are elderly (those who are 60+ years of age), first responders, front line healthcare
workers, homecare health workers, and those high-risk individuals living in congregate care settings,
followed by wider access to all community members. The timing of this plan will depend on vaccine
To help Ohsweken Public Health and Six Nations Health Services plan for a broader distribution of the
COVID-19 vaccine and help to identify the amount of vaccine required for the community, a vaccine
registration form is now available at www.sixnationscovid19.ca. Any community member wishing to
receive the vaccine may fill out this form at any time and will be contacted as more vaccine becomes
available. The vaccine is not mandatory and anyone who is wanting to be vaccinated will be vaccinated
as more supply becomes available.
Since its launch on Saturday, February 20, the online vaccine registration form has already received a
high volume of registrations from community members interested in being vaccinated. Six Nations
Elected Council would like to thank the Six Nations Vaccine Task Force for their hard work in
developing a vaccination plan for the community, and would like to thank our frontline healthcare
workers who continue their work every day to protect our people from COVID-19. Six Nations Council
commends the community for persevering through an incredibly difficult year to get to this point.
Community members are reminded that the community vaccine rollout is still in its very early stages
and people must continue to follow public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. This
includes wearing a mask, social distancing, washing your hands, staying home, and not interacting with
anyone outside of your household. Six Nations remains in Alert Level Black.