‘Vaccination blitz’ returning to Nunavik
Health board will hold vaccination clinics for everyone 5 and up in every community
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services announced Thursday it is holding another “vaccination blitz,” starting Friday and continuing through the end of February.
The “blitz” is to reach every Nunavik community for two to five days, depending on the location. It is open for anyone in the region five years of age and up who is in need of a COVID-19 vaccine. Children and teenagers from five to 17 can get their first or second dose during the blitz. Adults 18 years and older can go for their first, second or booster dose.
“Vaccination is proven to help reduce viral transmission,” the board said in its Facebook announcement. “Therefore, by getting vaccinated, you can help to keep the region safe.”
Kuujjuarapik is the first stop, from Friday to Sunday. Inukjuak will be next, starting on Jan. 29.
Specific clinic locations and schedules will be shared in each community’s Facebook page a few days before program begins there, the board said.
Last month, Nunavik held its first “vaccination blitz” in the weeks leading up to Christmas. According to the health board’s immunization level by community, only 52 per cent of the region had been vaccinated with two doses as of Dec. 17.
Despite active case numbers reaching as low as nine across Nunavik in the week leading up to Christmas, all of Nunavik is back under a “red alert” lockdown.
As of Wednesday, there were 283 active COVID-19 cases reported across Nunavik, including 93 in Kuujjuaq.
COVID-19 was reported as active in every Nunavik community except Umiujaq and Akulivik.