Government of Nunavut expands community COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Kimmirut, Qikiqtarjuaq, Kugluktuk, Kinngait and Taloyoak to all receive first doses

The Government of Nunavut continues to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination program, expanding to Kimmirut, Qikiqtarjuaq, Kugluktuk, Kinngait and Taloyoak, while expanding eligible populations in Baker Lake. Second dose clinics have also been announced for Rankin Inlet, Whale Cove, Chesterfield Inlet and Baker Lake. (File photo)

By Dustin Patar

Residents of Kimmirut, Qikiqtarjuaq, Kugluktuk, Kinngait and Taloyoak will all have a chance to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine during the first two weeks of March.

In Iqaluit, first and second dose clinics are ongoing at Iqaluit public health. Eligible residents include those 60 years and over, shelter residents, frontline health-care providers, first responders, medevac flight crews, residents and staff of group homes, the Akausisarvik Mental Health Treatment Centre and correctional facilities.

In Baker Lake, the eligible population been expanded to now include all adults 18 and older.

Here is Nunavut’s current COVID-19 vaccination schedule:

  • Feb. 15-18: Rankin Inlet (second dose)
  • Feb. 16-17: Whale Cove (second dose)
  • Feb. 19-20: Chesterfield Inlet (second dose)
  • Feb. 22-25: Baker Lake (first and second dose)
  • March 1: Kimmirut
  • March 1-2: Qikiqtarjuaq
  • March 1-3: Kugluktuk
  • March 3-5: Kinngait
  • March 9-10: Taloyoak

Residents in these communities can call their health centre to book an appointment.

According to the Department of Health, residents must be in the same community for both doses and those who received their first dose should receive a reminder from their health centre about their second dose appointment.

Those who missed the first vaccination clinic in their community and want to receive their first dose can also call their local-health centre for an appointment.

According to the Department of Health, priority will be given to Nunavummiut scheduled for their second dose. If no additional doses are available, a waitlist will be created and individuals will be able to receive their first dose once additional vaccine supply is sent to the territory.

As of Feb. 14, over 6,200 vaccine doses have been administered.

The Department of Health has not responded to several requests by Nunatsiaq News for information on how many Nunavummiut have received the second dose of their vaccine or how many doses the territory has received to date.

For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, including community-specific information and vaccination schedules, visit the Government of Nunavut’s website.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by Lucky on

    Lucky communities, going on their second vaccine dose already when we have no plans here of when we can get our first vaccine dose, I hope we can get it soon here in Iqaluit, Been a busy week already with all kinds of people coming into Iqaluit.

    • Posted by Iqaluiter on

      We’re at the bottom of the list. All other communities first.

  2. Posted by Joannie.Quassa on

    I already got my 1st and 2nd dose of “Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Yay!

  3. Posted by Ian on

    Nunavut lucky people, everyone will be vaccinated by the end of March, people in southern Canada will be lucky to be vaccinated by sept.

  4. Posted by Worried on

    Seems in nunavut we are behind NWT in vaccines . But ahead of the world . But why so slow this should be down in a couple of weeks , there are so few of us . Let’s get going nunavut and get everybody done I’m terrified of getting covid really don’t want to die

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