To all YK1 parents: The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has announced the expansion of its COVID-19 vaccine program to include the Pfizer-BioNTech product, which is approved for individuals 12 years of age and older. To date, the NWT’s program has been solely based on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is approved for those 18 years of age and older. Just over 1,100 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech arrived safely in the NWT on May 4, 2021, with additional shipments expected in the coming weeks. Due to recent clusters of COVID-19 cases in Yellowknife involving young people, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be offered first to youth aged 12-17 in Yellowknife between May 6 and 8, 2021. Appointments can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis via the NTHSSA website, and additional opportunities will be added once resources and supply allow. Click here to access the full press release - and other important resources - issued by the GNWT this afternoon. English and French versions are attached below.