Nunavut announces 10th COVID-19 death
Health minister, chief public health officer encourage public to get bivalent booster vaccines
Nunavut’s Department of Health has announced that a tenth person in the territory has died of COVID-19.
The department made the announcement Tuesday, in a news release. The release does not provide any information about the person who died.
“My sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” said John Main, the territory’s minister of health.
“We can all take protective measures in our daily lives by staying home when sick, wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and getting vaccinated against COVID-19.”
In the release, both Main and chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson encourage Nunavummiut to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, as the winter approaches and the risk of transmission increases.
Nunavummiut as young as six months old are eligible to get vaccinated and children over the age of five can get a booster. Vaccines can be booked through local health centres.
“As we predict a new wave of COVID-19 infections during the winter months, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” Patterson said.
“The bivalent vaccine is available in Nunavut and provides effective protection against the original COVID-19 virus and the Omicron variant. Vaccination is our best defence against severe COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death.”