Health Department urges more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19
GN calls it ‘best protection against severe disease,’ vaccines available to people age five and older
Stressing vaccination as the best defence against COVID-19, the Nunavut Health Department wants more people to get their shots.
“April 21 to 28 is National Immunization Awareness week in Canada. Each year, this week acknowledges that vaccines have saved millions of lives,” said department spokesperson Danarae Sommerville, in a release.
“As Canada and Nunavut continue to live with COVID-19, it is more important than ever to recognize that vaccines are safe, effective and the best protection against severe disease.”
Nunavut dropped most COVID-19 public health restrictions earlier this month. However, masks are required when people attend a vaccination clinic.
Vaccines are available to anyone aged five and older, including second booster shots for people 50 and older at least four and a half months after they received their first booster dose.
The department said vaccinations are available across all of Nunavut by contacting local health centres.
In Iqaluit, they are available through Iqaluit Public Health either by appointment or walk-in.
For anyone aged five and older looking for first or second doses or first booster shots, and those aged five to 11 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised seeking a third dose, clinics run Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
The same clinics are open to people age 50 and older seeking a second booster dose. However, they should phone 867-975-4810 to book an appointment.
Anyone else who prefers to book an appointment can do so through the same number.
According to the federal government, 72.8 per cent of all Nunavut residents have received at least two vaccine doses and 36.9 per cent have their third-dose booster shot, as of April 10.