COVID-19 vaccination schedule updated for 3 Sahtú communities

A single vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine holds ten doses. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB)

Residents in Tulita, Délı̨nę and Fort Good Hope now have specific dates for when the mobile COVID-19 vaccination teams will visit their community.

A team will be in in Délı̨nę on Jan. 19 and 20; in Tulita on Jan. 21 and 22; and finally, in Fort Good Hope on Jan. 25 and 26.

The location for the mobile vaccination clinic remains to be confirmed. In the mean time, residents can contact their local health centres for more information.

Vaccination is open to all priority groups in these communities, including:

  • Advanced age: the risk of COVID-19 severity starts to increase after age 60. Most vulnerable in this category are those who live in long-term care facilities or in shared living environments.
  • Existing chronic disease and multiple medical conditions:  residents with conditions like chronic lung, kidney, or heart disease are at greater risk for experiencing severe form of COVID-19 and its complications. Those who travel outside the NWT regularly for medical care are at even greater risk.
  • Likelihood of transmitting COVID-19 to those at high risk of severe illness and death is another important consideration. This risk group may include frontline health care workers, or those who provide care to high-risk vulnerable populations.
  • Resident workers who live in NWT, but work regularly out of territory or at work camps with out-of-territory workers are at elevated risk of acquiring COVID-19 and transmitting to family, household members, or those in the community.

Vaccine scheduling opening for seniors in regional hubs

The NTHSSA has also started scheduling vaccinations for seniors in Yellowknife, Fort Smith and Inuvik.

For now, the only priority group allowed to schedule their vaccination is people 75 years and older in Yellowknife, and 60-plus in both Inuvik and Fort Smith.

In Yellowknife, vaccinations for this group will go from Jan. 18-22; Inuvik, Jan.21 and 22; and Fort Smith, Jan. 21-24.

The process to book your vaccine is different in each community.

  • Yellowknife: seniors that meet the priority requirements should call public health at 867-767-9120, and appointments will be at the Jan Stirling building.
  • Inuvik: seniors should call public health at 867-777-7398
  • Fort Smith: Walk-ins will be at the Salt River First Nation building, no booking required

To keep up with all changes, residents can see this schedule.

About the Author

Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.