Vaxx Fest provides community with 'shot in the arm' towards #Vaxx100
Fridays are celebrated for being the end of most people’s workweek and kickoff to the weekend. September 24 brought added excitement to the Morley community with the launch of Vaxx Fest, an initiative of The Power of 100.
The Power of 100 is spearheaded by Indigenous drs. James Makokis and Lana Potts. The doctors felt a different approach was needed to reach the Indigenous community and help them overcome their vaccine hesitancy. Vaccination rates amongst Indigenous People in Alberta are low compared to the general population.
The Power of 100 team has set a lofty goal of 100 percent vaccination amongst Indigenous Peoples across the country and chose the Stoney Nakoda First Nation for the first community to kick off this initiative .
A drive-in move night was already in the works and provided a great venue to mix together a fun-filled family night, connect with popular social media influencers like singer Team Ahkameyimok (Season 7 winners of the Amazing Race), Fawn Woods & Dallas Waskahat and emcee Kiitokii, and provide a venue for the community to ask questions of healthcare professionals and get vaccinated. Check out some of the video and photo footage below.
The Power of 100 is an Indigenous-led campaign to increase vaccination rates amongst Indigenous youth, to protect themselves and their communities. Power 100 is a celebration of Indigenous resiliency and action. The Power of 100 focuses on the importance of keeping Indigenous communities safe while also celebrating community through live music, engagement with social-media influencers, drive-in movies and other activities. This is a chance to have fun while being in a safe environment, organized by Indigenous peoples and doctors for the health of the community.