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.
- 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
Even though the vaccine is still being studied in people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, immunocompromised, or have an autoimmune condition, these people can get the vaccine if they want it. The health care provider giving the vaccine will discuss its risks and benefits to make sure it is right for each person.
Non-resident rotational and seasonal workers at increased risk of bringing COVID-19 into the territory can get vaccinated in the NWT if they living and working are here for a significant period of time. Prior approval from the Chief Public Health Officer is required by e-mailing CPHO@gov.nt.ca.
Anyone who is asymptomatic and approved for vaccination in the NWT will be permitted to do so during their isolation period after e-mailing CPHO@gov.nt.ca for prior written approval. Vaccinating someone during isolation requires additional personal protective equipment and coordination to ensure the safety of staff, clients, and others at the clinic.
Fully 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