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Many members of the reservation, 150 kilometres south of Lethbridge, have relatives in Canada and, with a lot of extra vaccine, they decided to see if they could help, he added.
The health administrator at the tribal clinic in Browning said she had many shots that would expire if not used, McNeely said.
“She’s very spiritual and said it would be a sin to waste, so we started playing with the idea on how could we vaccinate our relatives up north,” McNeely said Thursday.
Canadians who attended the clinic were given exemptions from having to quarantine for 14 days. They lined up in their cars, drove through a loop, received their shots through the window, were monitored for 15 minutes and went home.
McNeely said those who need second Pfizer shots were given them, while others were offered the Moderna vaccine.
More than 450 people went through the two-day clinic and it was opened up to any members of the local community, he said.
“We still have a lot of doses to share, but we see this as a number of things. No matter what race, creed, colour, it’s about saving human lives,” he said.
Pam Blood, the communications spokeswoman for the nearby Blood Tribe, said a number of residents took advantage of the clinic, especially those who were awaiting their second Pfizer shot.
“It did help out with the Pfizer, because a lot of tribal members (had already) got their first Pfizer shot so they were able to get their second shot,” Blood said.
“Then they opened it up to community members in Cardston who wanted to get their first shot who weren’t on the list in the phases. So a lot were able to access that as well,” she said, adding it was a wonderful gesture.
“It think it’s just wanting to see how everyone can be protected the best that they can.”