January 23rd, 2021

Nunavut officials urge residents to get COVID vaccine, about 400 shots given so far

By The Canadian Press on January 12, 2021.

Nunavut officials are urging residents to get immunized against COVID-19 as the vaccine starts to roll out across the territory.

Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, says about 400 people have so far received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine.

With 25 fly-in only communities spread across three time zones, the vaccine is being delivered to three or four communities at a time.

Community-wide vaccination clinics are being held this week in Gjoa Haven, Igoolik, Arviat and Cambridge Bay.

Patterson says the territory has received about 6,000 doses and expects another 6,000 to arrive later this week.

Starting next week, in Iqaluit, shelter clients and staff and anyone 65 or older can get the shot.

Patterson would not say which communities are to get the vaccine next, but an announcement will made in the coming days.

Premier Joe Savikataaq also revealed Tuesday that 20 senior government officials travelled to southern Canada during the holiday break. They all completed a 14-day mandatory quarantine before flying back to Nunavut, he added.

Savikataaq said Nunavut residents are not to leave the territory unless it’s essential and he will be reminding government staff not to travel.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2021.

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