First containers of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine arrive in the NWT

Last modified: December 28, 2020 at 7:11pm

The Northwest Territories welcomed its first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines on Monday, a late Christmas present of 7,200 doses.

Julie Green, the territory’s health minister, announced the vaccine’s arrival on Twitter. The first vaccinations in the NWT are set to be carried out in the second week of January.

“Hiring, communications, and logistics are key activities that must be complete before immunization can begin to ensure a safe, equitable roll-out,” the territorial government said in a brief statement.


“Priority residents will start receiving their first dose in January 2021.”

Boxes of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine
Boxes of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on arrival into the NWT on December 28. Photo: GNWT
An aircraft carrying Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine lands in the Northwest Territories in December 2020
An aircraft carrying Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine lands in the Northwest Territories in December 2020. Photo: GNWT

For now, the doses received on Monday are being held at Yellowknife’s Stanton Territorial Hospital as they await distribution.

The NWT’s vaccine rollout plan, promised for some time, remains to be made public.

However, the territory’s chief public health officer has previously spelled out, in broad terms, who should expect to receive the vaccine first.

Priority will be given to four categories: Elders, those with pre-existing medical conditions, essential workers, and residents of remote Indigenous communities – especially those with minimal healthcare, such as places without a dedicated nurse.


In total, 51,600 doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine are set to arrive between now and March 2021 – enough to vaccinate 75 percent of NWT residents aged 18 and over.

The vaccine requires two doses, four weeks apart.