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November 24, 2021
Local Ranger Patrols and two “Ranger Go Teams” consisting of approximately 100 members of the Third Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (3CRPG) are standing ready to assist in a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination effort underway in 32 Northern Ontario First Nations communities, if requested.
3CRPG’s preparation for the Indigenous Services Canada-led Operation Remote Immunity 3.0 (ORI 3.0) began on November 13, after Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino approved Ontario’s request for the Rangers to provide logistical support during vaccination campaigns in Northern Ontario. The operation is slated to conclude March 31, and this the third time Ontario Rangers have assisted with a community vaccination drive.
“We have stood up two Ranger Go Teams and 3CRPG is prepared, if requested by the community, to help in this current vaccination roll-out,” said 3CRPG’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Shane McArthur.