COVID-19 vaccination clinics for youth begin May 31

The Government of Yukon has scheduled clinics for Yukon youth age 12 to 17 to be vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Beginning May 31, youth will be able to receive their first doses in Yukon communities. In Whitehorse, first shots will be administered starting June 1. Second dose clinics will start as early as June 23. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to get their shot for a safe and enjoyable summer.

Clinics in communities will be held in schools. In Whitehorse, clinics will be held at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre.

Due to the limited supply and stricter handling requirements, the Pfizer vaccine will only be available to Yukon youth for a short time, and clinic dates will be more limited than the adult vaccine clinics.

Youth vaccine clinics for first and second doses will be held in nearly every Yukon community. Medical travel will be supported in the communities where a clinic is not held, or for youth who are unable to make the clinic date in their community.

We are excited to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for our youth. Giving youth age 12 to 17 the opportunity to be vaccinated will help protect them, their loved ones and the broader community from this virus.

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee

Health Canada approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children age 12 and over on May 5, 2021. Clinical trial results of the Pfizer vaccine showed excellent protection against COVID-19 with a strong safety profile. As we have seen in other jurisdictions, youth are not immune to the effects of COVID-19. I encourage all youth to take this unique opportunity to get vaccinated.

Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley

Quick facts 
  • The dates for the youth COVID-19 clinics are listed below. Clinic times will be available shortly.

  • Youth in Atlin can get vaccinated in Whitehorse, and youth from Lower Post, Good Hope Lake and Dease River can be vaccinated in Watson Lake or Whitehorse.

  • People must wait two weeks after any other immunization before receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They must also wait one month after their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before receiving any other immunization.

  • Like Moderna, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine.

  • Pfizer was initially authorized for ages 16 and up, and received additional authorization for ages 12 to 15 on May 5, 2021.

  • Moderna is available in Yukon on an ongoing basis, but is not yet approved for use in individuals under age 18.

Backgrounder 

Yukon youth COVID-19 clinic schedule (for youth age 12 to 17)

Community

First dose 1 clinic

Second dose clinic

Location

Carcross/Tagish

June 4

June 29

Ghùch Tlâ Community School

Carmacks

June 9

July 7

Tantalus School

Dawson City

June 10

July 8

Robert Service School

Faro

May 31

June 23

Del Van Gorder School

Haines Junction (includes youth from Destruction Bay, Burwash Landing and Beaver Creek)

June 2

June 28

St. Elias Community School

Mayo

June 7

July 5

J.V. Clark School

Old Crow

June 15

July 9

Chief Zheh Gittlit School

Pelly Crossing

June 8

July 6

Eliza Van Bibber School

Ross River

May 31

June 23

Ross River School

Teslin

June 11

July 13

Khàtìnas.àxh Community School

Watson Lake (includes youth from Lower Post, Good Hope Lake and Dease River)

June 1

June 24

Watson Lake Secondary School

Whitehorse (includes youth from Atlin,  Lower Post, Good Hope Lake, Dease River)

June 1 – June 18 (clinics offered Tuesday through Friday)

June 23 – July 13 (clinics offered Tuesday through Friday)

Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre

Contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-335-1531
patricia.living@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-143