More than a quarter of Nunavut youth vaccinated in less than a week
1,228 Nunavummiut between 12 and 17 have received first dose of Pfizer vaccine
More than one out of every four Nunavummiut youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine within the first week of it being available in the territory, according to a Health Department update.
Of the 1,228 Pfizer vaccines administered between June 15 and June 21, more than half of those happened in the first 48 hours, the department reported on Tuesday.
In addition to Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s Iqaluit walk-in clinic — which tallied 445 vaccinations or 68 per cent of the city’s eligible youth population — clinics were also held in Arviat, Whale Cove, Pangnirtung, Kinngait, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Sanirajak, Sanikiluaq, Resolute Bay, Naujaat, Clyde River, Igloolik, Kugaaruk and Arctic Bay.
As of June 21, 18,712 people across the territory have been given a first dose of the Moderna vaccine and 15,751 who have received both doses.
While those numbers include vaccinations given to non-residents such as rotational workers, the Government of Nunavut has not identified the number of those doses.
Based on the updated data, more than half of Nunavut’s population is now at least partially vaccinated and 40 per cent are or soon will be fully vaccinated.
Although this is a step in the right direction, Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer, has consistently said that the Department of Health would like to see everyone who's eligible get vaccinated.
Community clinics for youth will continue through July.
Outside of Iqaluit, Pfizer vaccinations will be available by appointment only. Those wishing to book an appointment can call their local health centre.
Unlike the Moderna vaccine, doses of the Pfizer vaccine are more difficult to transport and have a much shorter shelf life once they are unfrozen. Because of this the Government of Nunavut cannot guarantee that doses of that vaccine will be administered outside of the community clinic dates.
For a complete list of Pfizer vaccination clinics or for more information on the vaccine, visit the Government of Nunavut’s COVID-19 vaccine website.