COVID-19 vaccine temporarily unavailable for kids under 5

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

The NWT’s supply of the COVID-19 vaccine for children five and under is set to expire in the coming week.

Parents can still have their kids vaccinated until March 8. After that date, the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) says the vaccine is expected to be unavailable for four to six weeks.

According to NTHSSA, the gap is due to a delay in the Moderna SPIKEVAX shipment to Canada.

Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty’s vaccine has also been approved for children under five, but is not available in the NWT.

That vaccine also requires more doses than Moderna’s. With the additional doses required, NTHSSA says the timeframe of unavailable vaccine is too short for it to be worth transitioning to Pfizer.

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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.