January 18th, 2021

Northwest Territories rolls out COVID-19 vaccination plan for its 33 communities


By The Canadian Press on January 5, 2021.

YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories has released its plan for when residents of its 33 communities will receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The N.W.T. received 7,200 doses last week and administered its first shots on Thursday to long-term care residents and staff.

The territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, says about 130 residents have received their first doses of the vaccine so far.

Other long-term care residents in Yellowknife, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik and Norman Wells are to receive their first doses this week.

Starting Monday, all eligible residents in 11 communities will be able to get the vaccine.

The remaining communities are scheduled to get the vaccine in February and March.

Health Minister Julie Green says the N.W.T. aims to have all eligible residents over 18 vaccinated by the end of March.

Green also says there is currently a worldwide shortage of the freezers that store the Moderna vaccine, but more should be arriving in Canada soon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 5, 2021.

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