Yukoners 12+ now eligible for another COVID-19 booster

To increase the territory’s immunity during the respiratory season, Yukoners who are 12 years of age and older are now eligible for another COVID-19 booster regardless of how many previous boosters they have had.

Following a recommendation from the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, this increased booster eligibility means people are eligible for another booster dose if they've previously had two boosters and it’s been at least six months since their last booster. For people who have recently had COVID-19, a booster is not recommended until at least three months have passed since symptoms started or testing positive.

Booster appointments for Yukoners 12 years of age and older are available now. Whitehorse residents can book their appointment on Yukon.ca/appointments and people living in rural Yukon can book their booster through their local health centre.

Vaccine and booster eligibility for other age groups remains the same. Children ages six months to four years are eligible for the first dose of the primary series and can receive the second dose eight weeks after the first. 

For Yukoners ages five to 11 years, the first dose of the primary series is available anytime and the second dose of the primary series eight weeks after the first dose. This age group is eligible for one booster six months after they complete their primary series. 

The Yukon was one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to roll out COVID-19 vaccines and we now have one the highest vaccination rates in the country. Yukoners aged 12 and up will continue to have the opportunity to maintain their immunity and protection against COVID-19 with regular boosters. The COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada are safe, effective and save lives. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your communities.

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee

As we continue shifting into the next phase of living with COVID-19, I want to continue urging Yukoners to keep up to date with their vaccines, including COVID-19 boosters. Vaccines continue to be our best protection against severe outcomes.  

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sudit Ranade

Quick facts 
  • People can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu shot with a single appointment. 

  • Whitehorse residents can make an appointment online or by calling 1-877-374-0425.

  • Residents in most rural communities should contact their health centre to book an appointment. 

  • Check Yukon.ca/appointments for health centre contact numbers and to check clinic dates and times. 

Contact 

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

 

Samantha Henney
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-332-8321
samantha.henney@yukon.ca

News release #: 
22-393