Booster shots for COVID-19 now available in Nunavut – .

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Booster shots for COVID-19 now available in Nunavut – .


Nunavummiut aged 12 and over who have been vaccinated for more than 6 months are eligible

A booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine helps boost immunity, Nunavut Chief Public Health Officer Dr Michael Patterson said. (Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash)

COVID-19 booster injections are now available for all Nunavummiut 12 years of age or older who received their second injection more than six months ago, Nunavut Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson.

“The booster dose will help increase immunity against COVID-19, as recent evidence shows that the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine decreases over time,” Patterson said in a press release.

Booster doses help extend the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to recent guidelines from the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization, according to a statement from the Department of Health.

The booster helps protect against serious illness, slows the rate of transmission, and increases protection against more infectious variants, such as the Delta variant, he says.

Nunavummiut can call their local health center to make an appointment. In Iqaluit, booster shots are available at Iqaluit Public Health.

Appointments can be made by calling 867-975-4810. Appointments for reminders are available Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Masks are still mandatory indoors and booster shots are not mandatory for travel, according to the department.

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