Phase 2 of vaccination campaign in Arctic Quebec starts March 30

“Focus is now on adequately delivering the first dose and getting prepared to be able to deliver the second dose when it becomes available,” says the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)
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.

Nunavik vaccine coverage by community as of March 8
The Nunavik community of Akulivik on the Hudson Bay coast. Thirty-two percent of the population of 633 people here has received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. (Eye on the Arctic)

More than 50 per cent coverage:

  • Kuujjuaq 57 %

Between 35 and 50 per cent coverage:

Less than 35 per cent coverage:

  • Akulivik 32%

Source: Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services 

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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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying an culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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