The three territories successfully lobbied Ottawa to allocate enough vaccine to immunize 75 per cent of the adult population. This arrangement recognizes the special vulnerabilities of small and isolated communities.
As I write this, we are awaiting Health Canada approval of the Moderna vaccine and final details about the size and timing of vaccine shipments. Meanwhile the department of health and social services is working on a vaccine plan that addresses issues such as the order in which people will be vaccinated and the logistics of moving and storing the vaccine. There will be announcements when these details are finalized. It’s my hope that everyone who wants a jab gets one in the first part of 2021.
Being vaccinated will reduce anxiety about contracting COVID-19. The vaccines will roll out differently in other jurisdictions so we will continue with self-isolation restrictions until the vaccine is widespread and the spike in cases has resolved.
Happy new year, everyone.