Nunavut confirms eighth COVID-19 death

Nunavut confirms eighth COVID-19 death

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12 May 2022

Iqaluit, Nunavut (May 12, 2022) – The Government of Nunavut has confirmed an eighth death due to COVID-19 in Nunavut.

“Last week, we received confirmation of an eighth COVID-19 death attributed to Nunavut,” said Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Michael Patterson. “The death is a sad reminder that COVID-19 is still around, and it is important that people continue to be vigilant and protect themselves against this virus. Our number one defense against COVID-19 is the vaccine. I urge all Nunavummiut to ensure they are up to date on their vaccinations.”

Vaccines are available in all Nunavut communities for Nunavummiut aged five and older.

  • For children aged 5 to 11, the vaccine series includes two doses given a minimum of eight weeks apart. For immunocompromised children aged 5 to 11, the vaccine series involves three doses.
  • For individuals aged 12 to 49 years, the vaccine series includes two doses given a minimum of eight weeks apart, plus one booster dose. For immunocompromised individuals 12 to 49 years old, the vaccine series involves three doses plus one booster dose.
  • For individuals 50 years and older who have received two doses of the vaccine plus one booster dose 4.5 months or more ago, a second booster dose is now being offered.

Although no longer mandatory, the Government of Nunavut recommends people continue to wear masks in public places to reduce the risk of acquiring COVID-19.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 on a rapid self-test is asked to call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-975-8601 for advice. Please do not call the health centre unless it is an emergency.

Rapid tests are available for free at Northern Stores.

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Media Contact:

Chris Puglia
Manger of Communications
Department of Health
867-975-5949
[email protected]

NT5

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