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Blood Tribe battles pandemic with vaccine, face shields

Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox received his first COVID-19 vaccine shot from nurse Tina Pace at the Blood Tribe Department of Health vaccine clinic Friday in Stand Off. Photo by Todd Eagle Child, Blood Tribe Communications and Community Engagement.

Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox is leading his people by example during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fox received his first dose of vaccine Friday during a clinic at the Blood Tribe Department of Health.

“I think it’s important that everyone takes responsibility not only for themselves but for all of us,” Fox said in a news release. “The sooner all of us are vaccinated, I think it’s safer for all of us.”

Blood Tribe Department of Health has held clinics at the multi-purpose building in Stand Off since the beginning of February.

Fox had delayed receiving his vaccine so other members of the Blood Tribe could go first, but decided last week he needed to set an example.

In other pandemic news, the Blood Tribe last week received more than 90,000 COVID-19 face shields.

The delivery was part of a donation of 184,000 face shields distributed among tribes within the Blackfoot Confederacy, Treaty 7 including the Piikani Nation, and some areas in Saskatchewan.

“This morning we received the first shipment of the medical visors,” Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox said.

The face shields were donated by Indigena in partnership with Mark’s Work Warehouse.

The priority for distribution of the face shields is the Blood Tribe’s school-aged children.

More details of the face shields distribution will be provided on the Blood Tribe Web site within the next week.