Priority populations expanded, second dose clinics for remote communities added

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The NWT Health and Social Services Authority has expanded priority populations for first dose recipients by “simplifying” the criteria to allow those with conditions that could be considered mild/moderate.

First dose clinics for priority populations are currently being held until February 20th at the Centre Square Mall in Yellowknife.

Priority populations now include residents with one or more chronic medical conditions, residents who are immunocompromised from underlying medical conditions or medications, residents living with obesity and residents aged 60+.

Residents living with disabilities and their caregivers, residents who are primary caregivers for those at high risk of COVID-19, residents travelling outside the NWT for any medical reason before March 31st and anyone with a CPHO approval letter are also included as priority populations.

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Resident workers 18 years of age and older that fit into the criterias below are also now identified as priority population:

  • Mine Workers who work with and stay in the same facility overnight with workers from outside the NWT while at camp 
  • Medevac Pilots or Flight Crew
  • Winter Road Support Staff who interact directly with staff from outside the NWT
  • Canadian Armed Forces 
  • Taxi Drivers 
  • Isolation Centre Staff

Dates have also been added to the COVID vaccine schedule for first and second dose opportunities for residents 18+ who live in Kakisa, Enterprise and Lutsel K’e.

The Enterprise clinic will be on February 18th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hamlet Office and the Kakisa clinic will be on February 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Band Office.

Clinics will be held next week in Lutsel K’e on February 22nd, 23rd and 24th, in Dettah on February 26th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dettah Gym and in N’Dilo on February 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Wellness Centre.

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