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Nunavut to receive children’s COVID-19 vaccines this weekend

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT – Shipments of children’s COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Nunavut over the weekend with the first dose due on Monday.

The Nunavut government said in a statement it will receive the first full dose of Pfizer-BioNTech children’s vaccine to immunize every Nunavummiut between the ages of 5 and 11.

Health Secretary John Main said this age group makes up about 15% of the territory’s population.

The vaccine will be made available by appointment at all medical centers and Public Health Iqaluit starting Monday, the statement said.

Delivery schedules for the territory’s 25 communities will be determined once shipments have arrived with the possibility of some delays due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather.

Main said the arrival of vaccines for children will provide an extra layer of safety for children, families and communities.

This Canadian Press report was first published on November 26, 2021.

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