As the COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out across British Columbia, the BC Assembly of First Nations has launched a campaign aimed at reducing vaccine hesitancy. The “Protecting Our People” public service announcement will be shown on television and across social media starting March 8th.
The video features beautiful graphic visuals by Derek Edenshaw, a Haida and Cree artist, and a musical soundtrack by Kym Gouchie of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. In it we see how the vaccine protects our communities, and particularly our Elders. Regional Chief Terry Teegee of the BCAFN narrates the piece, stressing that the vaccine is safe and has gone through rigorous testing.
“When you look at the numbers coming out of surveys on the vaccine, you see a high degree of hesitance for anyone under the age of 65. We know that this disease can target anyone and can have serious and lifelong impacts. We wanted to do our part to help dispel myths and encourage everyone to be vaccinated. That’s the only way to protect our communities, and I myself will be getting vaccinated as soon as I can,” said Regional Chief Teegee.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine, and the public service announcement, can be found at https://www.bcafn.ca/news/alerts/covid-19-vaccines.