Rotational workers set to receive first dose of vaccine

A shot of Gahcho Kué mine. (Supplied by DeBeers Canada.)
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Rotational workers at remote camps, including mine sites, will be administered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

This comes on the hands of an outbreak that was declared at a site near the Gahcho Kué mine.

Chief Public Health Officer Kami Kandola notes that because many rotational workers are from the south, and due to the increased risk of exposure, NWT residents working at camps and mines will be receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The news comes after it was announced the vaccine rollout as a whole is being paused due to a smaller than expected vaccination shipment from the federal government.

Prior to the report of the Gahcho Kué mine, the GNWT had said there were no plans for targeted clinics focusing on mine workers. 

Thus far, three workers have received positive COVID-19 diagnoses and are isolating at a work camp 40 kilometres away from the main Gahcho Kué mine. In an unrelated case, a non-resident worker at the mine itself has also tested positive for COVID-19.

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