Nunavik to implement vaccine passports Sept. 1

Residents 13 and up will need proof of full vaccination to attend non-essential events and activities

Kathy Snowball receives a COVID-19 vaccine last June in Kangiqsualujjuaq. Starting Sept. 1, Nunavimmiut will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter certain non-essential events and locations. (Photo courtesy of NRBHSS)

By Sarah Rogers

Nunavik will follow Quebec’s lead and require residents to show vaccine passports starting next month to enter certain events or locations.

Starting Sept. 1, health officials will need proof of full vaccination for any resident 13 years old and up to attend non-essential events and activities, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services announced Wednesday.

That follows the Quebec government’s Tuesday decision to launch vaccine passports province-wide.

The passports will be required to enter festivals or sporting events, fitness centres, restaurants, and performance venues or gambling halls, including bingo events.

The passport system will be implemented through an app called VaxiCode, which is available for download on Apple devices and soon on Android, which will display a scannable QR code.

Residents can also print out their QR code from a government web page to carry with them.

The new vaccine passport will not be required to attend essential services and venues, like schools, health centres and grocery stores. It’s also not needed to attend private gatherings, like church services, weddings or funerals.

The health board has yet to say how it will enforce the new regulations.

Just 36 per cent of Nunavik residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the health board’s latest figures from July.

Health centres in each of Nunavik’s 14 communities are offering walk-in appointments to residents who require a first or second dose of the vaccine.

Nunavimmiut with questions about the new vaccine passport can contact the region’s COVID-19 information line at 1-888-682-7482.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by What about NU/NT on

    Nunavut and NWT need to do this too — Our rates are too low, especially in smaller communities. Just look at what happened in Colville Lake/Ft Good Hope. Close contact “hand games” that required people to travel from all around the north and no expectation of vaccination proof. Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

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  2. Posted by Heads up on

    Heads up to the unvaccinated people travelling to Kuujjuaraapik.
    This measure will apply to both drinking establishments.
    If you are not vaccinated you won’t be allowed to enter either bar.👍

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