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First shipment of Covid-19 vaccine arrives; Arviat down to one case

Today Nunavut's Premier Joe Savikataaq and the Government of Nunavut (GN) posted on social media that the first shipment of the Covid-19 Moderna vaccine has arrived in Nunavut.

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq (Left) and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson gives a thumbs up as the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine arrives off the plane at the Iqaluit Airport. Joe Savikataaq/Facebook.

"I'm thrilled to witness the arrival of the first #COVID19 vaccines in Nunavut!" wrote the Premier, adding details about who will get these first doses.

"For this first shipment, we are targeting front-line workers and Elders. As our supply increases, we will start rolling out to adult Nunavummiut, in all communities."

He adds that the process will not happen all at once and will take up to "weeks or months".

Active cases in Nunavut continue to go down, as of Dec. 30 the GN stated there are a total of three active cases of Covid-19 in the territory, with no new cases being reported today or yesterday.

Arviat, which once had the most active cases of Covid-19 in Nunavut, is down to one case, from a peak of 222 confirmed cases in November. The remaining two cases are in Whale Cove which previously flattened the curve prior to the virus re-emerging in the community on Dec. 23.

Anyone who has reason to believe they have been exposed to Covid-19 is advised to call the Covid-hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or notify their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days. Please do not go to the health centre in person.