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Nunavut municipality holds money draw for vaccinated residents

A vaccination clinic begins Thursday in Arviat, Nunavut, the group that has seen many of the territory’s COVID-19 instances.

The municipality is encouraging residents to get vaccinated by providing money prizes.

Residents of the central Nunavut hamlet of about 3,000 folks can win one in all 5 $2,000 prizes for getting the shot.

“It is to entice folks to get inoculated,” Arviat Mayor Joe Savikataaq Jr. mentioned. “It is a very small value to pay with the intention to get herd immunity right here, in case we get a second wave.”

There are at the moment no lively instances of COVID-19 in Nunavut, the place 266 instances have been confirmed so far.

Since a COVID-19 outbreak started in early November, Arviat has seen 222 instances in complete, together with one reported loss of life.

All residents have recovered, however well being officers are nonetheless monitoring the group.

A constitution aircraft carrying doses of the Moderna vaccine arrives in Arviat on Wednesday, at some point earlier than a scheduled group vaccination clinic begins. (Submitted by Helen-Rose England)

A constitution aircraft carrying doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Arviat on Wednesday. The by-appointment clinic is being held from Thursday to Saturday and once more on Monday on the city’s group centre, the place 10 nurses can be available to vaccinate residents.

“It is the day that all of us have been ready for right here in Arviat,” Savikataaq mentioned.

There can be a walk-in clinic on Saturday.

The municipal draw for money prizes is to happen on Jan. 19, the day after vaccinations finish, and can be introduced stay on the group’s native radio station and on Fb.  

Vaccination clinics in four communities this week

Arviat is one in all 4 Nunavut communities the place clinics are being held this week. Cambridge Bay, Igloolik and Gjoa Haven are additionally a part of the primary clinics. Vaccines have been given out in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital, in addition to to residents of long-term care houses and their employees.

As of Tuesday, the territory was reporting that about 400 folks had acquired a first-round dose of the Moderna vaccine.

As a result of Nunavut is a northern and distant area with a primarily Indigenous inhabitants, its residents fall right into a nationwide precedence group for COVID-19 vaccination.

By the tip of March, territorial well being officers anticipate to have vaccinated as much as 75 per cent of the grownup inhabitants, or roughly 19,000 folks.

Communities are at the moment meting out vaccines from a inventory of 6,000 doses that arrived in late December. One other 12,000 doses are anticipated to reach by mid-February.

In Arviat, a lockdown was lifted on Tuesday, and journey is now allowed out and in of the group, however public well being restrictions stay strict.

Throughout the greater than two months of lockdown confronted by the group, Savikataaq mentioned, kids had been born whose grandparents hadn’t been capable of see them till this week.

He mentioned the vaccines will carry aid to the group.

“It is an excellent security measure that everybody is about to obtain, and that is a step nearer towards freedom,” he mentioned.

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