Iqaluit’s total amount of active COVID-19 cases remains at nine, with no additional recoveries or new cases reported within the last few days.

A total of 15,113 people in Nunavut, including rotational workers, have received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine and are fully vaccinated, with another 2,199 having received their first dose.

More details have also come out for the Iqaluit COVID-19 walk-in vaccination clinic for Iqalummiut ages 12 and older, it will be taking place at the curling rink from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting June 16 to 19.

This will be funded in-part by Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), the Government of Nunavut and the City of Iqaluit, with support from the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre.

“Getting the vaccine may help re-open schools, restaurants and businesses. If most Nunavummiut are vaccinated, we may no longer need isolation hotels,” said NTI president Aluki Kotierk.

Three door prizes worth $500 each are being offered by the City, a distancing outdoors prize; a stay-at-home baking prize and a home cleaning and sanitizing prize. Anyone attending the walk-in clinic is eligible to win.

“We are working together to protect Iqalummiut,” said Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell.

“We are also working together to protect Nunavummiut who travel here for medical travel. Iqaluit, we need the vaccine for the safety of ourselves, our families, our community and the territory.”

NTI will be providing a $25 voucher for each Inuk following individual doses.

“Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are effective and safe, but it’s normal to wonder about vaccine safety,” said Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq.

“By now, vaccines have been tested and given to millions of people from around the world, and those are the vaccines we have here in Nunavut.”

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