Nunavut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout for young children starts next week

Territory expecting 1st shipment of 1,100 doses, says Health Department

Health Canada has approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six months to five years. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut’s Health Department will roll out Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for young children starting next week.

Health Department spokesperson Chris Puglia made the announcement Friday, one day after Health Canada announced the vaccine’s approval for children aged six months to five years old.

The federal government is sending 1,100 doses to Nunavut in its first shipment.

There are approximately 6,000 children under five years of age in Nunavut, according to the news release, which means the Health Department plans to prioritize the initial doses for healthy four-year-olds first, as well as children four and younger who are at risk of severe complications from COVID-19 infection.

That includes children who are considered to be immunocompromised, have severe lung disease, on long-term steroid treatment, or undergoing treatment for cancer.

In Nunavik, the region’s health board does not yet have an update for vaccine rollout in young children.

“Given that this approval has just been announced, we cannot at this time communicate the logistical details,” spokesperson Jenny Simpraseuth said on Thursday.

Both jurisdictions rolled out COVID-19 vaccines for children aged five and older in November.


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