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COVID-19 GN Update – June 17, 2021
17 June 2021
Good morning. Nunavut is reporting no new or recovered cases of COVID-19 today. There are still eight active cases in Iqaluit. There have been 254 recoveries since this outbreak began.
As of Tuesday, 18,091 people in Nunavut have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 15,867 are now fully vaccinated. We are working to get updated numbers as soon as possible.
Our Pfizer clinics started this week, and from the photos I’ve seen of the walk-in clinic here in Iqaluit, it looks like we’re off to a really strong start.
For those outside Iqaluit, please make an appointment through your local health centre for your 12 to 17 year olds.
It’s important to remember that the Pfizer vaccines are more difficult to transport and have a much shorter shelf life once thawed. NOW is the time to get teenagers vaccinated. Please don’t wait because we can’t guarantee when we’ll be able to administer Pfizer outside these community clinic dates.
As always – Mask up. Wash your hands often. Keep strict physical distancing. Keep your bubbles small. Get vaccinated, and now, help your teens get vaccinated too.
Stay kind and positive to one another. Do the right thing for yourself, your family and everyone around you. Take care and stay safe.
Chief Public Health Officer Update:
The situation in Iqaluit continues to improve. We have had no additional cases stem from the exposure notices at the end of last week. There have also been no active cases identified following the positives confirmed in two elementary school students this week. This is encouraging and I urge people to be patient a little longer with the public health measures. Following the measures will help end the outbreak and put us in a position to enjoy our summer.
On Tuesday, vaccines for youth aged 12 to 17 began rolling out across the territory. Vaccines arrived in Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Igloolik, Naujaat, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Sanirajak, Resolute Bay and Kugaaruk. Grise Fiord’s delivery yesterday was delayed by weather and should be arriving today if the plane can land. Vaccines should be delivered to the remaining communities for first doses by June 21.
Here in Iqaluit, youth can go to the mass vaccination clinic that began yesterday and continues until tomorrow, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the curling rink.
The vaccine’s arrival, availability and most importantly, efficiency, mark a significant step toward further reducing restrictions territory-wide. I urge everyone who is eligible, to get the vaccine. Call your health centre for an appointment. If you are 18 and over it’s not too late for you to get your shot. There are vaccines available.
As part of the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) effort to protect Nunavummiut against the risk of COVID-19, GN Departments are implementing the following:
Department of Health Services
For all the latest information and resources about COVID-19 in Nunavut, go to: https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
For the latest information on current public health restrictions, go to: https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/nunavuts-path
For information on upcoming vaccine clinics go to: https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-vaccination
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