Iqaluit mass vaccine clinic starting mid-March
All Iqalummiut over the age of 18 can get the vaccine starting March 15
Iqaluit’s much-anticipated mass vaccine clinic for everyone over the age of 18 will kick off on March 15, Health Minister Lorne Kusugak announced in the legislative assembly on Friday.
So far, COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted in the territorial capital to priority groups, including older residents, front-line health workers and shelter residents, because the city’s large population meant there weren’t enough doses for all adults to get a vaccination.
People can make appointments starting March 10. Kusugak asked that people wait until then before calling so public-health officials can complete vaccines for the current priority group, which now includes those 45 years and older.
As of Thursday, 8,628 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine and 5,125 are fully vaccinated.
Kusugak said by the end of the month, each community in the territory will have had clinics for at least the first dose of the vaccine.
Dr. Michael Patterson, chief public health officer, said Nunavut will receive about 37,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of March, in a news conference on Thursday. This is enough to vaccinate 75 per cent of the adult population of 19,000.
He confirmed vaccination clinics will continue into April.