Health minister warns of potential fall COVID-19 wave in Nunavut
Trajectory for the wave is currently ‘unknown,’ says John Main
Health experts across the country estimate there might be another wave of COVID-19 in the fall, with new variants beginning to spread, Nunavut Health Minister John Main said Monday.
Main warned of the possibility during a minister’s statement in the legislative assembly, where he reminded Nunavummiut to get vaccinated and practise good hygiene to avoid getting the disease this summer.
“From a health perspective, the coming fall and winter could be difficult,” he said. “The exact trajectory [of the wave] is unknown currently, but we do know this — vaccines are our best defence against COVID.”
All Nunavummiut aged 18 and older are eligible for a second booster — or fourth dose — of the vaccine against COVID-19.
Other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, are also still present in the territory, Main said.
People should still sanitize, wear masks indoors and stay home when they’re sick, he said.
“I don’t want this message to be a rain cloud covering the summer sun,” he said.
“The Department of Health wishes Nunavummiut a healthy and enjoyable summer — which includes some mask-wearing, use of rapid tests and, of course, a vaccine dose or two.”