Immunocompromised NWT residents to receive third injection of COVID-19 soon

Some people in the Northwest Territories with weakened immune systems may receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting this month.

That’s according to Scott Robertson, co-executive director of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, who gave the CBC update this morning.

Northwest Territories Chief Public Health Officer Dr Kami Kandola and Robertson answered questions live on The Trailbreaker.

“For people with moderate to severe immune deficiency – that’s what the recommendation is – to be offered a third dose,” he said.

Robertson said later Thursday that people will be able to make an appointment online if they are in Yellowknife or by calling their health center or public health unit.

Robertson also said the Territory is updating its proof of vaccination form, but won’t be ready until the end of October.

The phone call comes as Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀ and Whatì are experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19, with cases increasing daily.

Territorial statistics as of Tuesday show that there are 121 active cases in Yellowknife, 29 in Behchokǫ̀ and 20 in Whatì.

Yellowknife is also grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak and a collapse of services for the city’s large homeless population.

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Kandola first declared an epidemic in this community on September 7. On Tuesday, she said more than 70 people who were underhoused or working in the sector were infected with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Sahtu is emerging from an outbreak of COVID-19. The territory reported 10 active cases in the region on Tuesday after peaking at 249 on August 30.

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