City of Iqaluit implementing vaccine mandate next month
Anyone entering a city facility will need to have 2 doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine
Iqaluit residents aged 12 and over will need to be fully vaccinated if they want to access city facilities as the city is implementing a vaccine mandate that begins on Feb. 7.
“We are very committed to making sure that we have healthy and safe spaces for the individuals in the community to participate in,” said City of Iqaluit spokesperson Stephanie Clark.
There are two other reasons for implementing the mandate, Clark said.
City council requested the vaccine mandate, and the city wants to protect staff who work in critical roles from getting COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated is defined by having two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine.
City staff will also be required to be fully vaccinated.
Clark said Feb. 7 start date will give people who don’t have it yet the time to get a second dose, plus two weeks to build up immunity.
By March 31, the rule will be expanded to include people aged five years and older.
City facilities include any recreational facilities like the aquatic centre or the arenas, as well as any building where the city has a presence, Clark said.
The city will not keep anyone’s vaccination information on file, states a news release about the mandate.
There is no requirement to get a booster shot, but the release states the city recommends people to get a booster, as it’s shown to reduce the transmission and impact of COVID-19.
As of Monday, there were eight active cases of COVID-19 in Iqaluit and 151 across Nunavut.
As well, the Government of Nunavut eased public health measures from a full lockdown on Monday, meaning that facilities such as gyms and arenas can open to 25 per cent capacity or 25 people, whichever is less.