The Government of Yukon’s rollout schedule for administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the territory is now available.
Two mobile teams will provide vaccinations in communities across the territory, starting the week of January 18, 2021. Each mobile team will travel with multiple immunizers providing the vaccine to as many people as possible while they are in each community. The Whitehorse vaccination clinic is scheduled to open the week of January 18, 2021.
Vaccinations started on January 4, 2021, for long-term care home residents and staff. In the first three days, 310 Yukoners were immunized. Over the next several weeks, vaccinations will be available for other priority groups, including front line health care staff and older adults, as well as high-risk and vulnerable populations.
The schedule is subject to change based on the availability and uptake of vaccines. Yukon is expected to receive enough doses of the Moderna vaccine to vaccinate 75 per cent of the adult population by the end of March. The supply of vaccines is determined by the Government of Canada. Information will be updated regularly on Yukon.ca as the rollout progresses.
We are ready to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine in a safe, effective and timely way. Over the next several weeks, our teams of trained and knowledgeable immunizers will visit every community across our territory. Our first doses are being used to protect our most vulnerable and, in the coming months, all adult Yukoners will have the opportunity to receive immunization and help bring us one step closer to ending the pandemic.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
Vaccines have been our best defence against many diseases and COVID-19 is no different. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the vaccine and follow the example set by our Elders and seniors who have come forward. We need at least 75 per cent of us to be immunized if our community is to be protected and eventually to see our public health measures lifted.
Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley
At end of the day on January 6, a total of 310 Yukoners had been immunized.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) published guiding principles to support provinces and territories in determining population prioritization for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The vaccines will roll out in phases and people will receive their second dose in the same order that the first dose was administered.
Vaccines will primarily be completed through scheduled appointments. There will be options to book online or by phone. These details will be available on Yukon.ca.