The Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) has reviewed the current evidence and weighed the public health risk related to those who are fully vaccinated and sees the risk as lower. With this in mind, we can reduce restrictions where possible but keep measures in place where there is still significant risk involved.
While it is unfortunate that those who are not vaccinated can’t receive the same treatment, this also helps protect others who are not able to receive the vaccine and could experience severe complications if they were to contract COVID-19. This is a step-by-step, careful approach to ending restrictions eventually for all, while doing everything we can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the NWT.
Though vaccination is a choice, it still poses a risk if a person chooses not to receive a vaccine. Getting vaccinated helps protect those who do not have a choice and are unable to receive the vaccine, but could experience severe complications if they contracted COVID-19. The approach is to address the public health risk. While the OCPHO respect a person’s choice, their additional risk does need to be considered when applying or reducing restrictions.