January 6, 2021
GNWT Releases Vaccination Strategy & Schedule
On January 5th, 2021, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) released the GNWT COVID-19 vaccination strategy titled Immunity for our Communities: The Northwest Territories’ COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy for residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT).
The strategy was developed by the Department of Health and Social Services with input from Indigenous governments and community leadership. It was also built on recommendations from the National Advisory Council for Immunizations (NACI).
The GNWT approach to vaccination for COVID-19 is grounded in five core values. These include equity, cultural competency, evidence-based decision-making, flexibility and responsiveness, and trust. These values will guide our response teams when delivering vaccinations across the territory.
A phased approach for vaccine delivery began on December 31, 2020. The strategy prioritizes residents who are at highest risk. Residents who fit within the identified priority groups (see below) will receive the vaccine first. The GNWT expects vaccinations to take place between January and February 2021. The general population can expect to have the opportunity to be vaccinated starting in March 2021.
Read the original news release on https://www.gov.nt.ca/en/newsroom/gnwt-releases-vaccination-strategy
Schedule for First Dose Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine in NWT is on https://www.nthssa.ca/en/covid-vaccine
- December 31, 2020 - AVENS (Complete) Behchoko: Jimmy Erasmus Seniors Home (Complete) - Long Term Care Residents and Staff
- Week of January 11th - 17th - Wekweètı̀ - All eligible residents 18 years and over in community. Exact community dates TBD.
- Weeks of January 18th – 31st - Behchokǫ̀, Whatı̀, Gamètı̀ - Priority populations (note this may be further defined, depending on vaccine availability). Exact community dates TBD