Isolation and Vaccination Information for Returning NWT Students

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Yellowknife — April 15, 2021

In anticipation of Northwest Territories’ (NWT) students returning from studies outside the territory, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is offering  the following information about self-isolation and vaccinations.

All NWT students returning to the territory must submit a Resident Self-Isolation Plan prior to their return and self-isolate when they arrive. In their isolation plan, students will be able to identify if they require accommodation in an isolation centre. Isolation centres in Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik and Yellowknife are available free-of-charge to all returning students and their dependents.  Students may be able to isolate in their own accommodation, provided it has its own entrance, kitchen and bathroom, or in the family home if all members isolate together. This opportunity is available in Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Simpson, Yellowknife, Norman Wells and Inuvik.

Adult NWT students are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine after their self-isolation period is complete. Students who live in Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik, or Norman Wells can contact their local public health unit to arrange vaccination in their home community. Those living in Yellowknife can book online or by calling (867) 767-9120.

Adult NWT students returning to smaller communities outside of the regional centres mentioned above who would like to get vaccinated must e-mail and provide:

  • Their full name
  • Their contact phone number
  • Their home community
  • The community they will be isolating in upon return to the NWT
  • Their date of arrival in the NWT

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) will arrange to vaccinate these students before their return home. Students who do not return to the NWT for the summer are unlikely to qualify to get the COVID-19 vaccine in another province or territory where they are not a resident.

The GNWT encourages all eligible NWT residents to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities against COVID-19. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get the disease.


“All adult residents in all 33 communities across the NWT are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, including adult students returning home after out-of-territory studies. Vaccinating all eligible residents is important for the health and safety of our communities.”

-Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services


“The health and safety of our residents and communities is of the utmost importance. I encourage all returning post-secondary students to do their part and get vaccinated so that we can continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities from COVID-19.”

-R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts

  • The NWT has received a total of 51,600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Federal government to vaccinate 75% of the adult population. NWT students studying outside the territory are included in the vaccine allotment.
  • There are five isolation facilities in the NWT; two in Yellowknife and one each in Fort Smith, Hay River, and Inuvik.
  • A Self-Isolation Plan is a legal commitment to self-isolate when you enter the NWT and is enforceable under the territory’s COVID-19 public health orders.

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Media Requests, please contact:

Damien Healy

Manager of Communications

Department of Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories

(867) 767-9052 ext. 49034