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Northwest Territories government provides vaccine program update

Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 11:54 AM | By Amanda Jerome

As of June 23, the Northwest Territories had zero active cases of COVID-19 as all 128 cases had been resolved.

According to a press release issued on June 22, the territory has 65 per cent “coverage for fully vaccinated individuals and 71 [per cent] coverage for partially vaccinated individuals.”

“The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is pleased to announce vaccine opportunities have been provided to youth in all 33 NWT communities. Going forward, vaccine will be available in every health centre in the territory to ensure timely, equitable access for all residents,” the release explained.

The release noted that due to the “complex storage and handling of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, both products may not always be available in all communities at the same time.”

“Eligible residents are encouraged to get whichever vaccine is available in their community by contacting their local public health unit or health centre,” the release stressed.

“The GNWT is committed to reducing barriers wherever possible to ensure residents in all communities have equitable access to vaccine,” said Julie Green, minister of health and social services, in a statement.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s “updated guidance on vaccine interchangeability and making it available to specific populations previously excluded helps make our program even more flexible than before. I am calling on anyone who is eligible for their first or second dose of vaccine to do their part and get vaccinated so we can all get back to the things we love,” she added.

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