COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge in the NWT:
- Vaccines make your immune system stronger and help to build antibodies to prevent infectious diseases.
- It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get the disease. Vaccines, like other public health measures, are most effective when we all do our part.
- Getting vaccinated is a choice you can make to prevent or reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 disease for yourself and others. Even if you are not at high risk of severe disease from COVID-19, it is important to think of your friends, family, co-workers, elders, and other community members who might be.
- The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that mRNA vaccines can be considered interchangeable and another mRNA product may be offered to complete the vaccine series.
- As new vaccines are approved by Health Canada and other populations become eligible for the vaccines, information will be updated accordingly.
Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines
Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are two different brands of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines offered in the NWT. mRNA vaccines teach your body to protect itself against COVID-19 without getting sick from the virus.
- The Moderna vaccine is approved for people 18 years of age and older.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech is approved for people 12 years of age and older.
- Both vaccines were approved by Health Canada in December 2020.
- For more information about the vaccines, talk with your health care provider.
the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 include:
- Washing your hands often
- Keeping physical distance from others
- Wearing non-medical masks when physical distancing isn’t possible
- Keeping your circle small
- Cleaning and disinfecting your home regularly
- Staying home when you’re sick
- Getting tested when you have symptoms
NACI recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are immunosuppressed, have an autoimmune condition, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding are now the same as the recommendations for the general population.
Evidence is available from real-world use that COVID-19 vaccines, particularly mRNA vaccines, are safe in these populations. Individuals who are immunosuppressed from disease or treatment may have a reduced immune response to COVID-19 vaccines.
Now that vaccine supply in the NWT has stabilized, changes are being made to simplify access to vaccine for individuals during their isolation period. An exemption letter from the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) is no longer required to receive COVID-19 vaccine during self-isolation. Exceptions include: being named as a contact of a known or suspect case of COVID-19, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or returning to the NWT from travel outside of Canada.
This authorization is specific to obtaining COVID-19 vaccination only; visiting businesses or attending other activities while in isolation is not permitted. Individuals will be required to wear a mask while in public and during the appointment.
Non-residents who are at increased risk of bringing COVID-19 into the territory can get vaccinated in the NWT as long as they are living, working, and/or providing essential care to NWT residents for a significant period of time or on a rotational basis.
Non-residents who are asymptomatic and meet the above criteria will be permitted to get vaccinated during their isolation period by contacting the local public health unit or health centre to book an isolation appointment. Vaccinating someone during isolation requires additional personal protective equipment and coordination to ensure the safety of staff, clients, and others at the clinic.
Fully and partially vaccinated individuals and household members are eligible for a shortened isolation period.
Vaccine clinics in the NWT
- Vaccine development and approval in Canada
- Overview of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Deciding to vaccinate
- What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada
- Vaccine safety in Canada (video)
- Canada’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan
- Immunize Canada
- CANImmunize App