COVID-19 vaccinations for Yukon children aged five to 11 will begin in early December.
Premier Sandy Silver said on Wednesday that being able to immunize children was what the territory was “waiting for” and urged parents to get their children immunized as soon as possible.
The Yukon has 121 active cases and the territory’s acting chief medical officer of health, Dr. Andre Corriveau, says healthcare workers are seeing the rate of active cases starting to decline.
The territory also launched its vaccination verification smartphone app, which will help businesses confirm a person’s vaccination status. Silver says no private data will be stored on the app.
He added that the territory is waiting for its vaccine stockpile to arrive in the coming days and he said the government is asking parents not to fall into misinformation about vaccination.
âWe’ve been here for 20 months now to talk about the effectiveness of these vaccinations,â Silver said. âIf it’s approved by Health Canada, it’s safe, it’s effective.
Silver said hesitant parents should review research showing the different health outcomes of people who are vaccinated versus those who are not.
The education ministry also educates children about vaccines and their use, he said.
Corriveau said the children will wait eight weeks between their doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
There have been 1,454 cases of COVID-19 in the Yukon since the start of the pandemic, and 1,338 people have recovered. There have been 12 deaths from the virus.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2021.