Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine now available in limited supply in Nunavut
Currently available only to Nunavummiut 70 years and older and those living or working in long-term care facilities
Older Nunavummiut and people living or working in long-term care facilities can now receive a booster dose of the new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine.
The Government of Nunavut announced Monday it has received the vaccine, but in limited supply. Eligibility will be expanded as supply increases.
For now, access to the vaccine is open to Nunavut residents aged 70 and older as well as staff and residents of long-term care facilities who received their primary COVID-19 vaccine doses at least three months ago, states the release from the GN.
Moderna’s Spikevax bivalent vaccine protects people against both the original strain of the COVID-19 virus as well as its Omicron variant.
It can be given at the same time as the seasonal flu shot.
“The bivalent vaccine is the newest tool in our fight against COVID-19,” said the territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, in the release. “It is safe and effective at reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death.”
Earlier this month, the GN warned a new wave of COVID-19 is expected to hit the territory this winter and advised people to ensure their vaccinations are up to date.
Previous COVID-19 vaccines continue to be available to Nunavummiut aged six months and older. Those looking to get their first, second or third doses can book an appointment by phoning their local health centre or public health unit.
For questions about the vaccine, Nunavammiut can call the territory’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-975-8601 during business hours from Monday to Friday.