Nunavut expands COVID-19 vaccination clinic locations, dates

Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay and Kugaaruk get first-dose clinics, Iqaluit and Baker Lake clinics expanded

The Government of Nunavut continues to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination program, expanding to Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay and Kugaaruk, while expanding eligible populations in Baker Lake and Iqaluit. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

By Dustin Patar

Residents of Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay and Kugaaruk will all have a chance to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine over the next two weeks.

The clinic in Grise Fiord will run from Jan. 23 to 24 and the clinic in Resolute Bay will run from Jan. 22 through 23 and again on Jan. 25.

The clinic in Kugaaruk will be held on Feb. 4 and 5 at the Arviligruaq Ilinniarvik school.

In Iqaluit, eligible vaccine recipients now include frontline health-care providers and first responders, medevac flight crews, residents and staff of group homes and the Akausisarvik Mental Health Treatment Centre, as well as residents and staff at correctional facilities.

To accommodate this, the clinics at Iqaluit Public Health and the Qikiqtani General Hospital will continue to run until Jan. 30.

The previous priority groups, including residents 65 years and over and anyone living or working in a shelter, can also continue to book appointments beyond the original Jan. 23 clinic.

The vaccination clinic in Baker Lake has also been expanded to now include all adults 45 and older.

Despite a new case of COVID-19 in Arviat, the second-dose vaccination clinic will still be held from Feb. 11 to 15.

Here is Nunavut’s current COVID-19 vaccination schedule:

  • Jan. 22-30: Iqaluit (priority populations)
  • Jan. 22-23: Chesterfield Inlet
  • Jan. 22-23, Jan. 25: Resolute Bay
  • Jan. 23-24: Grise Fiord
  • Jan. 25-28: Baker Lake (priority populations)
  • Feb. 1-2: Igloolik (second dose)
  • Feb. 4-5: Kugaaruk
  • Feb. 8-9: Gjoa Haven (second dose)
  • Feb. 11-13: Cambridge Bay (second dose)
  • Feb. 11-13, 15: Arviat (second dose)
  • Feb. 15-16: Whale Cove (second dose)
  • Feb. 15-18: Rankin Inlet (second dose)

Residents in these communities can call their health centre to book an appointment.

According to the Government of Nunavut’s online tracker, as of Jan. 22 over 3,820 Nunavummiut have received the vaccine.

For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, including community-specific information and vaccination schedules, visit the Government of Nunavut’s website.

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