The Government of Yukon will begin COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children aged five to 11 on December 6. Children will be receiving the Pfizer (Comirnaty) pediatric vaccine. First and second doses will be administered eight weeks apart.
Vaccination clinics will be held across the Yukon through the month of December, starting the week of December 6. In Whitehorse, the vaccination clinic will be at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre. In communities outside of Whitehorse, appointments will be at health centres.
Residents of Whitehorse can book online now at www.yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot or by calling 1-877-374-0425. Appointments for children's clinics in communities will be posted online by the end of this week.
Families and young children have made many sacrifices to keep our communities safe during this pandemic. Many have had to self-isolate due to COVID-19 exposures in child care or school settings. They have missed sporting events and postponed birthday parties and other milestone events. We are excited to be able to offer vaccines to children aged five to 11. Vaccination is the best way to protect children from getting COVID-19 and helps prevent spread in the broader community.
Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee
Vaccination against COVID-19 is an important tool to protect our children aged five to 11 and our community. While most children do not get seriously ill from COVID-19, some do, and all infected children can transmit the virus to more vulnerable friends and family members. I urge all parents and guardians to take advantage of this opportunity to vaccinate five- to 11-year-olds.
Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. André Corriveau
Health Canada provided emergency authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for children on November 19, 2021.
There will be enough Pfizer vaccine for every child aged five to 11 to be vaccinated.
Children aged five to 11 will have eight weeks between their first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Like Moderna, Pfizer pediatric vaccine is an mRNA vaccine.
Children aged five to 11 receive a smaller dose than people aged 12 to 17. Those aged five to 11 will receive 10 micrograms while people who are 12 to 17 years of age receive a dose of 30 micrograms.
Appointments will continue to be available for first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, boosters and third doses for immunocompromised people. It is a priority to vaccinate populations who are currently unvaccinated.