Youth aged 12 to 17 will quickly be capable of get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 in Yukon.
The announcement got here throughout the federal government’s weekly COVID-19 replace on Wednesday.
Minister of Well being and Social Providers Tracy-Anne McPhee mentioned that the territorial authorities struck a take care of the federal authorities to acquire sufficient Pfizer vaccine doses to get all Yukon youth 12 and up vaccinated.
“We’re creating a strong plan to ship the Pfizer vaccine to our territory’s youth … within the coming weeks our devoted well being professionals shall be visiting almost each Yukon group to host a youth vaccine clinic,” McPhee mentioned.
She mentioned the plan will guarantee youth might be totally vaccinated by mid-July.
Medical journey to Whitehorse or elsewhere shall be supported for youth who’re unable to attend the vaccine clinic of their group, mentioned McPhee.
Well being Canada accepted the Pfizer-BioNtech shot for vaccinating youngsters 12 and up on Might 5. Youth aged 12 to 17 within the Northwest Territories began getting doses of that vaccine final week.
Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Brendan Hanley mentioned Wednesday that the territorial authorities expects the identical approval to return via for the Moderna vaccine later this summer time. Thus far, Yukon has solely been administering doses of the Moderna vaccine.
On Tuesday, Yukon confirmed two new instances of COVID-19, bringing the territory’s whole case rely to 84.
There may be at the moment one energetic case within the territory.
Watch Wednesday’s information convention right here:
Authorities experiences vaccination charges by group
McPhee additionally introduced Wednesday that the territorial authorities will now release vaccination price numbers for every group.
“We acknowledge that there are some communities and age teams with decrease vaccination charges … we’re persevering with to work with our companions in communities and First Nations on tips on how to finest deal with vaccine hesitancy on a community-by-community foundation,” McPhee mentioned.
Haines Junction has the best vaccination price amongst communities in Yukon, with 81 per cent of the eligible inhabitants totally vaccinated as of Might 1.
Ross River has the bottom vaccination charges by far within the territory, with solely 28 per cent of the eligible inhabitants there totally vaccinated at the start of this month.
The second-lowest vaccination price is in Pelly Crossing at 43 per cent of the eligible inhabitants, as of Might 1.
As of Monday, 26,583 Yukoners — about 74 per cent of all eligible adults — had obtained their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, whereas 23,253 — about 66 per cent of eligible adults — had obtained each doses.
Easing of restrictions
Final week, Premier Sandy Silver introduced Yukon will later this month drop the 14-day self-isolation requirement for anyone arriving within the territory who can show they have been totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
Silver mentioned anyone whose vaccination standing can’t be confirmed will nonetheless have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Yukon.
Silver additionally introduced one other change coming later this month — bars and eating places will be capable of return to full capability for indoor service, beginning Might 25.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley, talking alongside Silver final Wednesday, mentioned the adjustments are doable due to Yukon’s excessive price of vaccination.