Quarantine rules lifted for fully vaccinated Nunavik residents
Changes start Monday for double-vaccinated Nunavimmiut
Nunavik health officials have lifted a mandatory quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Nunavimmiut flying into the region.
Starting Monday, residents travelling to Nunavik who have received two doses of a government-approved vaccine against COVID-19 will no longer have to complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services announced.
Travellers who aren’t vaccinated will see their quarantine time reduced from 14 to 10 days.
For now, the new rules apply only to Nunavik beneficiaries, residents and essential workers in the region. Nunavik remains closed to tourism.
“Given the very much improving situation in the south of Quebec and the vaccine being available in Nunavik, we believe that restrictions on travel such as quarantine can be lifted for people fully protected against COVID-19,” said health board spokeswoman Josée Levesque in a news release Monday.
Quebec currently is reporting the lowest numbers of COVID-19 it has seen since 2020, with just 151 new cases of the virus reported this past weekend.
Regions across southern Quebec have lifted restrictions in recent weeks, meaning people can now eat in restaurants, go to the gym and gather indoors in limited numbers.
As of June 14, 69 per cent of Quebecers have received at least one dose of a vaccine, Quebec health officials reported.
In Nunavik, statistics from late May show just 35 per cent of Nunavimmiut have a first dose, while 20 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated.
Travellers coming into the region are still required to fill out an official authorization to enter Nunavik at least 72 hours before their departure.
And travellers must still be screened seven days after they arrive in the region.
Vaccines are available at most Nunavik health centres by appointment. Starting this week, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be distributed to the region’s 14 communities for youth aged 12 to 17.
Nunavut is also changing its isolation hub requirement Monday, which will allow travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the territory without spending two weeks isolating in a designated hotel.
Nunavut’s isolation hubs have been in place since March 2020 as a way to prevent travellers from potentially bringing the virus into the territory.