The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health advises caution for Yukon travellers

The Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott is advising Yukoners who travel outside the Yukon to be cautious when visiting areas that are currently experiencing a fourth wave of COVID-19.

Travellers are advised to practise the Safe 6 while travelling and follow the directives within the jurisdiction they are visiting.

This recommendation is based on a series of cases in people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning to the Yukon from domestic travel. 

These travellers have fortunately had only mild symptoms but we can link their illness to travel. We all know how easy it is to throw off the basics of the Safe 6 when fully vaccinated. Vaccine, plus the Safe 6 – washing hands, avoiding crowds or masking in crowds – will be the actions that continue to protect Yukoners when travelling.

Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott 

Quick facts 
  • British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan are among those provinces experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.

  • In the rare event that a fully vaccinated person acquires COVID-19, they are very unlikely to become severely ill. They are less likely to transmit but they could transmit to those who are at risk of severe disease, including Elders and seniors who are yet not fully vaccinated.  Vaccine remains our best defence against severe COVID-19.

Contact 

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

News release #: 
21-360