The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), has produced several resources to support vaccine confidence amongst First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and communities. These resources include five fact sheets as well as an immunization guide and related 18-month calendar.
The following resources were developed to provide First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, families and communities with evidence-based information and facts on immunizations:
- Don’t Wait, Vaccinate! A Guide to Immunization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and Communities and Don’t Wait, Vaccinate! A Calendar to Immunization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and Communities provide information on immunizations and how they protect people across the lifespan. Practical information on where and when to receive immunizations is provided, along with what to expect when receiving a vaccine. Additional information includes a recommended schedule of immunizations as well as a list of trusted resources on vaccines and immunizations. They are also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.) add links when available.
- Information and Resources to Build Vaccine Confidence for First Nations, Inuit and Métis People provides information on how vaccines work, their safety, and possible side effects. This evidence supports informed decision-making on immunizations. It is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
- Vaccines – the Facts outlines basic facts on vaccine effectiveness and safety, testing and administration of vaccines, as well as the prevalence and risks of side effects associated with immunizations. It is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
The following fact sheets are geared towards helping health professionals discuss immunizations with their patients.
- Tips for Conversations with Patients About Vaccinations supports healthcare providers prepare for conversations and questions about immunizations. It reinforces the need to be aware of non verbal communication, to practice cultural safety, to provide credible information, and to maintain an open dialogue with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples on vaccines.
- Supporting Vaccine Confidence in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Communities provides information so that healthcare providers can better understand vaccine hesitancy expressed by Indigenous patients. It offers strategies to support vaccine confidence with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
- Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Canada: What are They? lists and describes vaccine-preventable diseases and when vaccinations are routinely offered to protect against them. It is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
- Learn more about vaccines by watching Vaccine Confidence, a video produced by NCCIH and NCCID.