Iqaluit hosting vaccine clinic for young children

Appointments can be booked until Aug. 19

Iqaluit Public Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for young children, Department of Health spokesperson Danarae Sommerville said Monday. (Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash)

By Madalyn Howitt

Iqaluit Public Health is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children under five who fit the department’s eligibility criteria.

The Department of Health made the announcement Monday in a news release.

Moderna’s Spikevax COVID-19 vaccines will be administered by appointment from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., until Aug. 19.

Because the Government of Nunavut has received a limited amount of pediatric doses, it’s rolling out the vaccine to young children in steps.

Right now, eligible groups include:

  • Children aged four years
  • Those between six months and four years old who are considered to have an immunosuppression, have severe lung or heart disease, are undergoing treatment for cancer, and/or are taking medications that suppress the immune system.

Iqaluit Public Health is located in Building 1091 near the old airport terminal. 

Appointments can be booked by calling (867) 975-4810. 

Patients are asked to wear a mask to their appointment. 

“The COVID-19 vaccine is Nunavut’s best protection against this virus, and all Nunavummiut are encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible,” Health spokesperson Danarae Sommerville said in a media release.

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