Strategy for COVID-19 vaccinations in Yukon released

The Government of Yukon has released Yukon’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy. The strategy outlines Yukon’s plan to safely and efficiently deliver COVID-19 vaccines across the territory.

All eligible, adult Yukoners who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will have access to one, at no cost, in early 2021. No vaccine is currently approved for children or recommended for pregnant people.

Yukon will be receiving enough vaccine to immunize 75 per cent of the eligible adult population in the first quarter of 2021. This allocation recognizes Yukon’s significant Indigenous populations and remote communities. If more Yukoners choose to immunize, additional vaccine doses will be available in the second quarter of 2021.

Safe and effective vaccines will reduce the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and associated illnesses and deaths. Over time, widespread immunization will allow Yukoners to live with fewer restrictions as outlined in A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020, developing safe and effective vaccines to reduce the transmission of the virus has been a global priority. As a result of tremendous efforts from many Yukoners across the territory and in cooperation with our federal, provincial and territorial colleagues, Yukon is ready to safely and efficiently deliver COVID-19 vaccines across the territory.

Premier Sandy Silver 

Over the course of the pandemic, Yukoners have come together to protect our territory from COVID-19. Now, it’s very important that Yukoners choose to vaccinate. It’s the best thing we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Over time, widespread immunization will allow us to return to a life without COVID-19 restrictions.

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost

Quick facts 
  • Pending final regulatory approval, Canada’s three territories will be receiving the Moderna vaccine.

  • Health Canada has a robust system to ensure vaccines are safe and effective. As with any other vaccine, decisions about COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are based on science, independent regulatory review and the advice of experts, including the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

  • High-risk populations outlined in national guidance may receive vaccines first. These priority groups may include long-term care residents and staff, health care providers and rural and remote communities.

Contact 

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7136
matthew.cameron@gov.yk.ca

Clarissa Wall
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-667-3010
clarissa.wall@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
20-373