Akausivik health centre urges Inuit in Ottawa to get tested for COVID-19

Centre has administered nearly 2,000 vaccine doses to Inuit

The Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team is urging Inuit in Ontario to come get tested for COVID-19, as the territory heads into a lockdown on April 3 and the country nears 1 million active cases of the virus. (Photo provided by the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team wants Inuit in Ottawa to know that their centre offers COVID-19 testing.

“With the recent rise in COVID-19 variants … [testing] remains an essential part of maintaining everyone’s health during this pandemic,” executive director Connie Siedule said in a news release.

The centre has administered nearly 2,000 vaccine doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Inuit in Ontario to date.

The province is going back into lockdown on April 3, with a ban on indoor dining at restaurants and the closure of amenities like gyms.

Nunavut extended its state of emergency for another two weeks on Thursday, but the territory’s active case count remains at 0.

As of Thursday, 13,272 first doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine have been given to Nunavummiut and 5,532 have received both doses, meaning they are fully vaccinated.

In total, 9,864 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Nunavut.

The total active case count across the country is nearing the 1 million mark, with 5,519 new cases reported on Wednesday, bringing the count up to 982,116.

The Akausivik vaccine clinic is located at 24 Selkirk St. in Vanier and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

To book an appointment, call Akausivik at 613-740-0999.

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