Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he agrees COVID-19 vaccines should be made available on a priority basis to Indigenous people.
The minister was responding to comments from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, as cases and deaths mount in the province during the pandemic. During a media conference last week, the minister acknowledged the disproportionate number of Indigenous people in ICU and in hospital, during the second wave in Winnipeg.
There have only been three people hospitalized at the district hospital in Kenora, due to COVID-19. During a media briefing Friday, the Northwestern Health Unit said they hadn't seen a disproportionate number of cases among Indigenous people in their catchment area.
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