Too early to ebook summer time travel exterior NWT, obtain guests, Kandola says

Do not book summer trips to other parts of Canada, said public health chief Dr. Kami Kandola on Wednesday.

Despite the release of Covid-19 vaccines being distributed throughout Canada, especially in the NWT, Nunavut and Yukon, it is too early to make solid plans for travel to and from southern jurisdictions, he explained.

“Wait until we get more data (about vaccines). Wait for the next few months. “Do not book airline tickets”, he advised. “Also, unfortunately, we do not know when the vaccine will be available to the general population of Ontario (and other provinces). They may not receive their doses until September. We do not know yet. “

“It’s too early to start planning to travel outside the NWT in the summer because we need to know more about whether Covid-19 vaccines can prevent the virus from spreading,” the head of public health, Dr. . Kami Kandola.
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Speaking minutes before receiving the first dose of Moderna on Wekweeti during the community vaccination campaign on Wednesday, Candola said the main unknown with vaccines is the type of protection it provides to humans.

“We know that getting the vaccine prevents a person from developing serious Covid disease. Some information we need to know is that can people who have been vaccinated transmit Covid? If science and studies show no, they do not transmit Covid, it changes the isolation pattern for people who have been vaccinated, because then they are not at risk of becoming infected themselves, but they are not at risk of spreading and being protected. So it will be a different scenario for these specific people. “

People should also consider that it will take at least six weeks for them to reach their maximum immunity to Covid-19, Kandola said.

After the first required dose of Moderna, people take the second dose 28 days later. It takes another two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.

Her comments come just a week after she told the MLA at a standing committee meeting that fully vaccinated travelers who apparently do not transmit Covid may be able to undergo self-monitoring and confirmatory testing instead of self-isolation.

“I hope in six weeks this question will be answered through science and through surveillance,” he said.

The NWT vaccination campaign was in its second full week on January 10-17, with 20 communities having visited vaccination groups since vaccinations for seniors began in Yellowknife and Behchoko on December 31.

At least 512 doses of Moderna have been given to NWT residents since December 31, according to GNWT’s Covid-19 dashboard.

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