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DELIVERING THE LATEST – Premier Sandy Silver, Mary Tiesen, the Yukon government’s American sign language interpreter, and Dr. Brendan Hanley are seen left to right at Thursday morning’s weekly COVID-19 press conference.

General COVID-19 vaccinations clinic to open March 1

If all goes according to plan, the Yukon government will be opening the general public clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations in Whitehorse on March 1.

By Tim Giilck on February 18, 2021

If all goes according to plan, the Yukon government will be opening the general public clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations in Whitehorse on March 1.

That was the only significant news coming out of Thursday morning’s weekly COVID-19 briefing by Premier Sandy Silver and Dr. Brendan Hanley.

The clinic, based at the Whitehorse Convention Centre, will reopen for first doses for targeted groups on Feb. 22.

The Yukon is waiting on a shipment of 16,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine to resume the clinics. That shipment is expected to arrive on Feb. 28, Silver said.

“That’s very good news,” he added.

If that happens, which is somewhat questionable due to persistent supply issues, the Whitehorse clinic would resume work.

Its operation has been shuttered due to the reduced numbers of Moderna doses making their way to the Yukon.

For the last few weeks, shipments have been reduced to 4,500 units from 7,200 units biweekly – prompting the government to revise its vaccine rollout on the fly.

Silver said the promise of a single large shipment by federal officials came after “very intense” negotiations between YG officials and federal representatives.

Late in 2020, Silver and Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said they had been promised the Yukon would receive up to 50,000 doses at once.

That would have been enough to inoculate 75 per cent of willing adults in the territory.

Due to supply problems, the Yukon hasn’t come close to receiving that number of doses.

Silver said he and Frost reminded federal officials of that promise, and the need to prioritize northern areas, along with rural, remote and First Nations communities.

That prompted the federal government to divert Moderna supplies to the the Yukon, Silver said.

Appointments at the clinic must be pre-booked. No walk-ins will be allowed.

By 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the government’s booking site was experiencing technical issues.

To date, 10,627 people have received their first doses of the vaccine. Nine hundred and 17 people have received their second dose for a full inoculation.

As reported earlier this week, the Yukon currently has two active cases, bringing our case numbers up to 72.

“It’s disappointing,” Hanley said of the reappearance of the virus. “But we were well-prepared.”

One of those cases is a person who was working out-of-territory in a workplace where COVID-19 was active. That person subsequently infected a household member.

Silver and Hanley acknowledged the public information released on the case had been “poorly worded” – causing confusion amongst the public.

“We will work to improve communications,” Hanley said.

So far, contact tracing of the two cases hasn’t revealed any more obvious signs of infection, Hanley said.

“That’s encouraging,” he said.

Both people are in self-isolation and are recovering, Hanley added.

He continued to note that small numbers of people receiving the second shot can expect to have more significant side effects than they noticed with the first jab.

Hanley reiterated not to be overly concerned by such symptoms, which include fatigue, aches, and headaches, unless they persist longer than two or three days.

Some people will likely want to take a day off work due to the side effects, and employers and managers should expect it.

So far, a cough and respiratory issues aren’t one of the side effects being noticed. If such symptoms develop, individuals should seek medical advice, Hanley said.

The government has also abandoned plans to use wastewater testing as a mean of tracking COVID-19.

Hanley said some feasibility tests had been carried out on the method, which is currently being used successfully in the Northwest Territories to identify the presence of the virus in a community.

He said such testing “isn’t our biggest priority” and it involved “significant investments of resources”. It’s unclear whether the results merited the costs, Hanley said.

“It’s an emerging area being researched and piloted,” he said. “Right now, we’re not pursuing it.”

The clinic at the Convention Centre will reopen for first doses on Monday, February 22, 2021, for targeted groups. The clinic will open to the general public on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Comments (14)

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NickyB on Feb 24, 2021 at 3:18 am

Your susceptibility to Covid infection is directly related to your vitamin D levels, as is how sick you will be if you get it, and how lasting and severe the long term effects will be. Tens of thousands of scholarly medical science articles tell the truth about common winter season vitamin D deficiency and the outbreak of Covid influenza.

It is very troubling that our well paid public health bureaucrats appear fixated on a so-called 'vaccine' that only reduces symptoms and provides no immunity, instead of advising people on how to maintain a naturally healthy immune system.

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Yukoner on Feb 20, 2021 at 5:51 pm

It wasn't the webserver.. there really aren't enough people here to make that happen. It is a national program and we aren't hearing about other jurisdictions having problems. Someone cocked up the setup and are now happy to blame it on the server.

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Nathan Living on Feb 20, 2021 at 3:33 pm

This is good news and it reinforces how entitled we are.

The universal daycare is great for parents working for government. Heard one couple talking about how they were going to put the daycare windfall into an education fund.

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Joe on Feb 19, 2021 at 6:09 pm

Ever think maybe the announcement followed by a system failure might be intentional to sham up illusion of overwhelming demand? Try and convince the crowd many people are trying to get the vaccine so you better get it? Think about it for a minute.

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DL on Feb 19, 2021 at 2:47 pm

Just found out about this very interesting website named "Yukon Freedom".
It provides a lot of info on vaccines and consequences of covid lockdowns.

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DL on Feb 19, 2021 at 2:11 pm

Here's a miracle cure for this 'pandemic': cut down Brendan Hanley's salary to CERB levels as long as he 'advises' covid restrictions. The balance can be distributed to those businesses that have been destroyed by the lockdowns.
Like, do your part Brendan, we're all in this together, right?

You can be sure that the 'pandemic' will be over real soon if we do that.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 19, 2021 at 1:33 pm

Back in 2010, The Yukon Government upgraded our drivers licence & general identification cards from something resembling a library card to the new high-security card complete with a picture - two in fact, and a bunch of whiz-bang security features to make us equivalent to the identification standard applied across the country.
Prior to the pandemic, I used my Yukon drivers licence as my only ID when asked for it in other provinces and never had an issue. It was accepted anywhere and everywhere in Canada I presented it. But here at home in the Yukon I must produce a utility bill to prove I live here. The government that issued the ID to me does not believe this is enough to qualify my residence while any other government in the land does. I’m pretty sure other Canadians do not need to produce a phone or power bill to confirm where they reside. What was the point in upgrading our ID cards if they can’t be trusted enough to receive a vaccination?

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Groucho d'North on Feb 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm

It appears that YG is being beaten by the COVID bug to the extent that the computer system employed for the appointment bookings was under built- like nobody considered the traffic volume it would require to do the job intended. Further, the same under resourcing for the toll free line is another frustration for those of us trying to follow the steps to get the shot.
If the private sector was doing this poorly- the unemplyment line would be longer. It can't be about money because Trudeau is blowing a load of money to try and hide previous screwups so he can be reelected. If not money that leaves managment and planning. Following the majority of emergency situations, a review is conducted to identify how things can be improved for the next time. I look forward to reading such a report.

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Josey Wales on Feb 19, 2021 at 12:18 am

Hey Unreal...by age...up here? Crazy talk WE are progressive up here.
We should do it by race and gender first, then by gender and political ideology, then by political ideology (claimed... as turncoats matter) and environmental morality, then by environmental morality claimed (virtue)...blah blaaah.

However the state sorts their own mess out, white (factory original) men that were born here should absolutely be after the most recent white ones that may have arrived.
Do we let white people into ...whatever our nation is identifying as...I knew it growing up as Canada? Are we still called that?

what a disgrace we let our country erode so much and so quick.
*Stand on guard for thee...
*where poppies grow row by row...
*True North Strong and free...

They used to say that sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.
Geez folk, gotta say a few words (*3 examples of a few) if forgot... can in fact hurt you?

Unreal indeed it is...the Ministries are watching...the Ministry is all knowing.
Hail the Ministry, heed their call...be good citizens.

Thank you, the Ministry of Josey signs off for today.

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Juniper Jackson on Feb 18, 2021 at 5:04 pm

Matthew: You should have known by now. The government is never going to let us off the hook. Eventually, it will be an issue we have to fight for. You know what Kris Kristofferson said? "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose". Already those numbers are skyrocketing. Too many on the streets, too many in shelters, too many directing their anger into drugs and booze. Freedom is never free, we did not fight for ours. But somewhere a leader will show up. More people will realize that this is not a pandemic..illness sure.. but was it worth closing down the world for? Someone.. somewhere. ..

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Charlie's Aunt on Feb 18, 2021 at 3:51 pm

@ Unreal; It needed more than extra gerbils. Frustration of booking is enough to make people give up. Late yesterday, only one day posted as available and every time listed came back as no longer available. Clicking on other available times did nothing. Same thing this morning.

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wondering on Feb 18, 2021 at 3:29 pm

So, I'm wondering if we will follow the CDC lead in the USA and allow people to skip quarantine once they are 14 days out from their second shot? It might encourage people on the fence to get the vaccine and give everyone else something to look forward to.

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Unreal on Feb 18, 2021 at 3:12 pm

Should have added some extra gerbils to that web server, It managed to stay up less than 0.2 milliseconds.

Another idea would have been to just roll out signup by age: This week 50-60 year olds, next week 30-40 year olds

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Matthew on Feb 18, 2021 at 1:19 pm

"Some people will likely want to take a day off work due to the side effects, and employers and managers should expect it." Really, I've heard it takes about 3 days of he'll. From about 5 different sources.

My question is simple.. when will these draconian laws be lifted? End of March? It gives everyone a month to get the shot if they choose to.

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