'COVID banishment day" as vaccines arrive at Beausoleil First Nation
CHRISTIAN ISLAND, ONT. -- After a long journey of isolation, members Beausoleil First Nation have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
A helicopter carrying hundreds of Pfizer-BioNTech vials landed on Christian Island at 8:32 a.m. Friday. Acting Community Health Nurse Mary Paille called the arrival the start of "COVID banishment day number one."
Judy Jamieson and her husband were first in line for a shot at a recreation centre.
"We're privileged. We're happy to get it," Jamieson said. "At least we'll get to see our grandchildren and great-grandchildren a little while longer."
Chief Guy Monague expects 200 doses will be administered daily, beginning with elders. Ninety-Four percent of the residents of Christian Island have signed up for a vaccine.
"It brings so much hope, said Paille. "To have so many people in the community having chosen to do this, it just means we can start to breathe a little easier."
Members of the Beausoleil First Nation will receive second doses of the Pfizer vaccine on March 22 and 23.