Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Nunavik, the Inuit region of Arctic Quebec, will start on March 30 in the community of Kuujjuaraapik.
The campaign will continue through to the end of April with vaccination teams staying approximately one week in each of the region’s 14 communities.
“The vaccine is safe, it will help to move toward a return to normalcy and quite possibly a relaxation of certain measures,” the Nunavik Regional Board of the Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) said in a Facebook post.
During the first phase of the campaign, 5,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were delivered to the region. Of those, 4,880 have been administered.
The NRBHSS said the average COVID-19 vaccine coverage for adults in Nunavik is 48 per cent, and that their current goal is 75 per cent in all communities.
By age group, coverage is 84 per cent for people 70 years and over, 68 per cent for people 55-69 years of age and 43 per cent for people 18-54 years old.
The full schedule for the phase 2 vaccinations teams will be posted by the NRBHSS when it becomes available.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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