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

Eligibility for the bivalent vaccine, which protects people against both the original strain of the COVID-19 virus as well as its Omicron variant, will be expanded as supply increases. (Image by PIR04D from Pixabay)

By Nunatsiaq News

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.”

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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.

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(7) Comments:

  1. Posted by Tim on

    Hopefully it won’t take too long to get more, I’d like to get this vaccine.

    • Posted by Igunaaqi on


      • Posted by Tim on

        Relax snowflake, it’s up to you not to take the vaccine as it’s up to me to take it.
        I know you are scared to take it, that’s fine, you just need to learn more about what vaccines are and how they help your body fight off viruses.
        Education is key here, enough with the ignorance.

  2. Posted by Northern Guy on

    Good News! Hopefully more supply is forthcoming as this will likely be a nasty winter for Covid.

  3. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    I hope it’s available soon.

    I was down with covid for a 10 days, was not cool.

  4. Posted by does it actually works on

    anyone know the email to contact doctor patterson?, i have bunch of questions since the day vaxx was announced.
    – how many vaxx person has died
    – how many more vaxx do we need in order to have free pizza
    – how many people recovered covid for those who do not have both or triple vaxx
    – if the masks were lifted in health centres and schools, how come some of students has to wear a mask
    – last but not least, i thought the covid was announced that it was now count as a flu

    • Posted by Dr Who on

      I do hope you can get to speak with Dr Patterson, it does seem you need to learn more about Covid and also about vaccines.
      Good luck is contacting him and learning more about Covid.


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