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SENT AWAY FROM IDLE CLINIC – Shona Armstrong, left, and Val Hodgson are seen this morning by the vaccination clinic at the Yukon Convention Centre.

‘It looks like it’s going to be a slow day’

There are strong rumblings that not all is well with the Yukon government’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

By Tim Giilck on January 22, 2021

There are strong rumblings that not all is well with the Yukon government’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Star received several calls Thursday afternoon and this morning from people concerned about the way the government is handling the clinics.

One of those people, Shona Armstrong, was particularly vocal with her complaints.

On Thursday evening, she told the Star, she noticed approximately 50 empty appointment slots for this morning at the clinic at the Yukon Convention Centre.

Armstrong said she decided to push her luck and see if she could slip in, even though the clinics were for those aged 70 years and older.

“This (Friday) morning, seeing that there were so many (>55) vacant appointments for vaccination today. I went to do my part and help the territory get to 70 per cent vaccination faster,” Armstrong wrote in an email.

“I presume that for each time slot, there is actually more than one actual vaccination slot, because there is more than one nurse working each slot.

“I arrived at 8:15, knowing there was an empty slot at 8:25 (and every ten minutes thereafter for many hours).

“I was turned away because I am 51, despite the fact that the clinic appears to have many, many nurses sitting idle, holding full vaccine vials, not vaccinating people all day today, as well as next week, not to mention the fact that the clinic takes weekends off.”

Unsurprisingly, Armstrong said she was turned away and shooed out of the clinic.

“To add insult to injury, as a nurse was turning me away and explaining that it is more important to go in order of priority than it is to achieve herd immunity, a manager came to the front atrium to tell the check-in staff, ‘It looks like it’s going to be a slow day.’ ”

That didn’t sit well with Armstrong.

“Unless there is a shortage of doses that needs to be rationed – which I have been assured is not true – there must be no slow days as we vaccinate,” she said.

“How much does it cost our economy and how much disruption to personal lives does every day below herd immunity create?” Armstrong said. 

“Vaccination is not a zero sum game. Every single person that gets vaccinated is of benefit to every other person in the territory. This vaccination program lacks the necessary urgency,” she added. 

“We should have priority registration for vulnerable and/or priority people to make appointments, but then there should be a line up out the door every day.

“If we are not turning people away every day and maxing-out our daily capacity to vaccinate in Whitehorse, then we are not taking this seriously – or doing our best.”

Armstrong’s comments were echoed by Val Hodgson – who was also turned away from the quiet clinic.

“It’s abominable. It’s outrageous,” Hodgson told the Star early this afternoon.

She will turn 70 later this year, and is furious she couldn’t receive a vaccine from a clinic that was mostly empty.

“They have so many vaccines sitting in a freezer, where they’re useless,” Hodgson pointed out. “They are only useful when they are in someone’s arm.

“Every dose is a shot against COVID.”

Hodgson said she waited for 15 minutes to watch how busy the clinic was. In that time, she said, she saw just three people enter for their shots.

“They’re doing a great job in the communities, and they’ve got a fabulous clinic here, but it’s mostly empty,” Hodgson said. “And the staff are sitting there too, waiting for someone to come in.

“Let’s get Whitehorse vaccinated!”

Another person the Star interviewed this morning, who asked to remain anonymous, had similar concerns.

He questioned why so many booking slots remain available in the Whitehorse clinic.

As with Armstrong and Hodgson, he said he had counted more than 50 unused spots available today. Most of next week is also open, he said.

He added it’s absolutely ridiculous the clinics aren’t open on weekends.

“When are people who work supposed to go?” he asked.

The man also questioned what the government is doing with vaccines that had been prepared for the day.

“I hope we’re not wasting any doses,” he said.

As reported on p. 2 of today’s Star, Premier Sandy Silver and Dr. Brendan Hanley said Wednesday they believe things are running smoothly.

This morning, Pat Living, a communications manager with the government, responded to the Star’s inquiries via email.

“The vaccine clinics have been very carefully planned in such a way as to provide protection to the most vulnerable first,” Living wrote.

“This week we are vaccinating rural communities and other congregate vulnerable populations concurrently with the convention centre.

“The greatest risk factor for COVID 19 is age and we are starting with the 70+. We will open clinic spots as we move along and have determined that a good segment of each population has been able to access clinics if they wish.

“This decision to open up further is also related to the current supply of vaccine within the territory,” Living added.

“We are not open to individuals who do not fit the specified criteria for this week and individuals who do not fit the criteria will be turned away. The clinic opens to the general public on Feb. 10. It will open to those 60+ on Feb. 1.”

Living did not comment on the issue of appointments going unfilled.

The Yukon Party did.

“This is an issue that has recently come to our attention from several constituents,” party officials said.

“We wrote to the minister of Health (Pauline Frost) last week seeking clarity on this. Despite us reaching out a week ago on this urgent topic, the minister has not responded or acknowledged receipt of our correspondence,” they said. 

“While we support the vaccination schedule including who is prioritized, if it is true that vaccines are available and scheduled time-slots are not being used, then the minister of Health needs to look into what can be done to ensure quicker uptake.

“Perhaps that is further outreach to Yukoners currently eligible or it is consideration of expanding eligibility so that we can continue to make progress on our roll out of vaccines.”

The official Opposition also suggested that according to the most recent statistics and the vaccination tracker run by the University of Saskatchewan, the Yukon is second-last in the country in terms of the distribution of the amount of vaccine doses it has been supplied.

Comments (53)

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Groucho d'North on Jan 28, 2021 at 2:31 pm

Government is relying heavily on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook etc. to inform Yukoners about things they need to know about, Traditional media like newspapers and radio are not used as much because it involves more work and money to get the ads produced and in front of the public audience. So they think they are doing a good job, just by performing the minimum required.
The weekly updates from Silver and Hanley have become a recital of statistics and best intentions. Seldom is heard a discouraging word because they know how much is riding on their performance going into the next general election..just like the King Liberal in Ottawa who has become quite familiar to back-peddling on comments previously made. Social media allows them to make corrections quickly where traditional media they must wait for the next edition to come out. I liked the old days when a full schedule would be in a half page ad in the papers and you could pull it out and stick it on the fridge so as not to forget.

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Maureen on Jan 28, 2021 at 9:16 am

The reason your time slots are not being filled is because your publicity is very poor. I am a cancer patient and I found out by accident that my age group was eligible. Since the vaccination times are for seniors it has to be considered that not all are computer savvy and isolation makes normal communication harder. I have phoned everyone I know who is now eligible just because I know they are out of the loop on a lot of things.

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Karl on Jan 26, 2021 at 5:37 pm

Looks like a couple of Karens wanting to speak to the manager about not having the rules bent for them.

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Denis on Jan 26, 2021 at 9:58 am

Re: Minister Frost. The Minister can go home to her constituency at public expense anytime she deems appropriate. This was a necessary trip and and absolutely appropriate that she demonstrates to her Elders that they ARE NOT BEING GUINEA PIGS AND THE VACCINE IS SAFE. Anyway Minister don't worry about comments from those who have never been to Old Crow or know nothing about First Nation history.

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Matthew Sills on Jan 25, 2021 at 5:44 pm

so... on a positive note, It appears that YG has tweaked things which is positive and responsive. As of 6:40 tonight there are a limited number of spaces available for 65 - to 69 year olds for tomorrow and Wednesday, (lots for 70 plus) and then it opens up on Thursday (lots of appointments). I went today at 2:50 and there were 3 stations open and I was in and out in 25 minutes (which includes the mandatory 15 minute wait). A reasonable solution to use capacity which was going to waste. Kudos to the organizers and it is awesome because because I can now mind meld with Bill Gates via the microchip.

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Josh on Jan 25, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Yukoners are so privileged compared to the rest of Canada. Stop whining and start appreciating all the perks you have such as your “priority” health care coverage.
One can be dying and waiting for health care in Vancouver and a Yukoner flies in and gets priority. Money talks I guess!

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Drift on Jan 25, 2021 at 10:40 am

These self absorbed 2 people are no better than the criminals who jumped the queue and flew to Beaver Creek.

HSS has to assume ALL users in the age category will show up for shots knowing full well that many won't (for various reasons) but people have to be given the chance; hence the open slots Ms and Ms Entitled (aka YP operatives) saw.

Overtime the schedule will compress and we will see herd immunity here in the Yukon long before any other jurisdiction on the planet.

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Just Sayin' on Jan 25, 2021 at 8:46 am

Stop your whining, Armstrong, and wait your turn. If they make an exception for you, they have to make an exception for everyone.

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Thank you Dr. Hanley! on Jan 24, 2021 at 7:02 pm

This is a follow-up to my post on Saturday morning "SOMETHING VERY WRONG WITH THE YTG VACCINE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM "where we had trouble trying to book into the online vaccination system. As of that morning there definitely was something wrong with the booking system.

After getting an email from the Government Covid email line which said they only monitor the email from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays which lead to more frustration, I finally decided to send an email to Dr. Hanley's government email address.
To my distinct surprise, I did receive an email back from Dr. Hanley, Saturday afternoon, who acknowledged the problem and said it had now been fixed.

So THANK YOU Dr. Hanley. Whatever you did or had done, worked!!

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open the gates to the next raft of people and get the work done on Jan 24, 2021 at 5:26 pm

Remember this one? Greg Fokker in 'Meet the Parents", "Step aside sir, we are only boarding rows 9 and above." "Um, I'm in row 8, and there's nobody else and I thought..." 'Step aside, SIR!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_-kw-0PvJc

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drum on Jan 24, 2021 at 3:36 pm

"Does Val's husband ex-Senator to the Yukon agree with her?

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Special Rules for the Liberals on Jan 24, 2021 at 1:48 pm

So elderly people in Whitehorse are turned away from getting the vaccine.
But Health Minister Pauline Frost jumps the queue and gets taxpayers to fly her up to Old Crow so she can get it.

Everyone knows she doesn't live in Old Crow. She lives in Whitehorse.
So why do Liberal politicians get to jump the line on the taxpayer dime but everyday Yukoners are getting denied the vaccine?

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BnR on Jan 24, 2021 at 12:28 pm

"Armstrong said she decided to push her luck and see if she could slip in, even though the clinics were for those aged 70 years and older."

So it's all about Shona now.
Good god, what a selfish bunch of wankers people have become.

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Yodi on Jan 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Suggestion, when making out the application, at the part that asks for your Yukon medical card number. Do not use spaces between the numbers.

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drum on Jan 23, 2021 at 4:52 pm

Wait your turn - we in the Yukon are all going to be taken care of. Try living in Toronto. They just want their photos and names in the papers.

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J2 on Jan 23, 2021 at 4:20 pm

If people want their comments to be taken seriously, reliable sources for the comments, and not conspiracy websites, should be used.

mediabiasfactcheck.com/global-research/ "Overall, we rate GlobalResearch a Tin Foil Hat Conspiracy and Strong Pseudoscience website based on the promotion of unproven information such as the dangers of Vaccines and 9-11 as a false flag operation."

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Any problems seem to have been fixed on Jan 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm

As of 3:45 pm Saturday, I was able to book an appointment with no problem for next week. One quirk is that you can't use dashes when entering Health Care number. Good luck!

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Charlie's Aunt on Jan 23, 2021 at 2:16 pm

Tues & Wed were busy, but it wasn't widely known until late in time that those 70+ could be vaccinated. I sympathize in some ways about unused time slots, but bottom line is these people had no appointment and were trying to queue jump. if they were allowed the door would be open to all. They probably also show up at stores during special times for seniors. Regarding those under 70 with underlying health issues; I thought originally they would be eligible with a physicians recommendation, but maybe that has been changed when it shouldn't have been.

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Moose101 on Jan 23, 2021 at 1:01 pm

Dear something wrong - my wife booked at 8 AM this morning no problem.

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Max Mack on Jan 23, 2021 at 11:53 am

The government and media have been stoking people's fears for almost a year now. Government and media have also told us that "the vaccine" is the only salvation for the dreaded "COVID".

It's no wonder that people are desperate to take chances and "step out of line" to get their shot.

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Good morning; It is Saturday January 23, 2021. There something quite wrong with the Y.T.G. Vaccination Booking system. Both my wife and I are in the 65 to 69 age bracket. We have tried several times to make the booking online today for January 29, and the online forms simply would not work. We finally phoned the number that is located at the bottom of the web page. We connected to somebody elsewhere in Canada, obviously. A very nice person told us that there are problems with the online booking system and they might get it fixed by Monday. If there was a person who we could phone locally to book, we would have done that, but there is no local number to phone. So relying on technology to be sensible, is not the way to go. You need humans involved in this process with the flexibility to make decisions. We are all trying to do the right thing BUT it is hard not to get frustrated when you are faced tech solutions that do not work. It would help if the government actually periodically audited such systems to check in fact if they are working. Putting out more press releases is not the solution. The solution is to put systems in place that work and if they don't have back systems that work.

Surely we have the knowledge to get this done properly.

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YoungButVulnerable on Jan 23, 2021 at 10:28 am

The entire last year I have been told by public health that I am a vulnerable person even though I'm under 60 based on my diabetes, chronic high blood pressure, and family history of heart conditions.
I've lived in a bubble, followed all restrictions and guidance (even while folks were ignoring mask rules, gathering restrictions, etc).
Now I'm being told that I will not be a priority and that I can get my immunization with the rest of the population. I agree with prioritizing aged and vulnerable populations but I fail to understand why I'm no longer one of those priorities given I was previously?
I don't think this is just a Yukon thing, the other provinces saying the same thing. Is it just too difficult to identify based on morbidity? What about having doctors make the recommendations? Anyone with similar risk factors as me are being followed already by primary care.

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Denis on Jan 23, 2021 at 10:21 am

These complainants are only interested in getting their names out there and being nothing but trouble makers. They should join Trump, their apparent idol. They do have a couple similar types that imitate sheep by their actions. Rules are there for a reason, for those that can't see the big picture and need rules to follow. Great Job to those managing the program.

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Atom on Jan 23, 2021 at 9:01 am

I want my shot! Give me my shot!
Shona and Val please get off the monkey bars and get in line like everyone else.
Wonder if they caught the yellow bus home...pathetic....Yukon Party plants.

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Cara Smith on Jan 23, 2021 at 7:32 am

I just checked the Covid appointment website. Wide open availability for next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They should open those times up now to the 65-69 and get this roll out moving. Then the rest of us will get ours sooner as well. I booked my 82 year old mother's appointment and there were loads of wide open spaces for last week. Seems crazy to not maximize the available time slots when we are all anxiously waiting to return to some sort of normal, economically and mentally. That clinic should also be open extended hours

Every day we delay in this is a day that is wasted in terms of us all moving forward.

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Waiting on Jan 23, 2021 at 5:53 am

Thank you to Shona and Val for coming forward with this issue to the media, and other Yukoners for expressing their concerns.
Seems like the willing 70+ and other priority groups are covered off now, and while I'm certainly glad that the government has decided to open the schedule up for the 65-69 age bracket, why are they making this group wait until Thursday the 28th to book appointments?
This coming Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have full days of open appointments on the schedule. Who is magically going to fill all these slots starting in the next 48 hours?
Let's get more shots in arms and speed up the process for all willing Yukoners to receive the vaccine as quickly as possible.
This is especially frustrating for families with loved ones with high risk and chronic diseases that have been told they have to wait until Feb 10th, having been given no priority access.
Looks to me like many more slow days ahead for the clinic staff at the Convention Centre and more valuable time, resources and precious vaccine wasted.

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DL on Jan 22, 2021 at 11:51 pm

Could be a good reason why the elderly are hesitant to take this rushed vaccine:

"China Health Experts Call for Suspension of COVID Vaccines as Norway Investigates 33 Deaths, Germany Probes 10 Deaths"

Quote: "China health experts say Norway and other countries should suspend the use of mRNA vaccines like those produced by Pfizer and Moderna, especially among the elderly, according to Global Times."

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DMZ on Jan 22, 2021 at 10:13 pm

What's wrong with lining up? We've been lining up at the liquor store and grocery store for months. Why not set aside the last part of the day for "first come, first served"?

I totally agree with Shona Armstrong, it makes sense to just vaccinate as many people as possible. The "plan" shouldn't be more important than the objective. We don't know what's around the corner.

I'm not even in a huge hurry to get vaccinated, but a "mass" vaccination clinic with three people in it, while we live under these conditions? It's positively Sovietesque.

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North_of_60 on Jan 22, 2021 at 8:45 pm

Herd Mentality is correct "I’m willing to bet that the Yukon achieved “herd immunity” by natural means sometime around June 2020."
...and so is TMYK "Can we admit that the liberals are trying to stretch this out as long as possible. It has never been about the virus or vaccines. It has always been about polling numbers."

This is the biggest political hoax that's ever been perpetrated, all because the Davos globalists had to 'Dump Trump'. He was too big a threat to their NWO-Great Reset wet dreams.

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North_of_60 on Jan 22, 2021 at 8:37 pm

Not surprising since the LIB gov response to the Covid plandemic has been a fuster-cluk from the start.
We deserve to see a timetable with benchmarks for when this charade will end and life return to normal... Enough is enough. When will the Million-Dollar-Man start earning his keep and stop being a LIB gov mouthpiece?

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EJ on Jan 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm

These people need to stop with the entitlement and trying to jump the line to get vaccinated. I understand you are scared but geeze, we still have to have a planned system, not just "everyone show up and try your luck". Just try to relax for a week or two and it will be all right, you'll get your shot along with everyone else who wants it.

As for the Yukon Party and Currie Dixon weighing in, they are just being petty and looking for any reason to attack the government even if it means going after the healthcare staff doing their best to roll out this vaccine. If any of you are reading these comments, don't pay any attention to these bad news bears, you guys and gals are doing a great job!!

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Can people just relax and wait their turn on Jan 22, 2021 at 6:35 pm

What these people are proposing isn't fair or safe. Older people are the most at risk, that is why they've been prioritized. If they opened the door to everyone right away all the appointments would be booked and those older people would no longer be prioritized. The idea of lines up being preferable is just silly given covid precautions. Yukon is receiving doses 7200 at a time, so they are managing the flow of people, through bookings of priority populations, so they have enough doses to prioritize those people. Imagine how quickly there would be a chaotic line up of people if word got out that they let people like this, who can't wait their turn, get vaccinated. There will be enough doses for everyone in Yukon who wants one, just relax, keep social distancing and book your appointment when it's your turn.

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Sheepchaser on Jan 22, 2021 at 6:19 pm

Just give the nurses telephones. Are they too well paid to cold call the eligible people who do qualify? They obviously aren’t too busy. Encourage them to come in ASAP and tell them the schedule will speed up if they do.

Get to 70% in the eligible group, move on. Use the emergency texting system to notify everyone when the age group changes as soon as it occurs. What exactly is all that emergency funding paying for? Not much in the way of brain power, obviously.

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Matthew on Jan 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Sure looks like the territory is lining up for this DNA altering shot doesn't it... why would they really? 1 death, from a person who was already sick with a deeply compromised immune system..

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Matthew Sills on Jan 22, 2021 at 5:13 pm

Yes, 65 to 69 can book except for the fact that the system won’t accept a 1951 birth year.

A good plan is a wonder to behold, but a better plan is one that can be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances. If there are an abundance of unfilled spots, don’t be afraid to adapt and make changes to The plan.

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Nathan Living on Jan 22, 2021 at 5:13 pm

It was orderly and busy when I was given my vaccine on Tuesday.
These entitled women should chill out and wait their turn and stop being so critical.

The GY is doing a great job to ensure we have an orderly rollout of the covid vaccine.

If a few line jumpers get in and the word gets out there would likely be exponential growth in lineups of these deplorables and peoples camping out in the parking lot.

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Dr Everywhere on Jan 22, 2021 at 4:36 pm

Wow, so many armchair doctors and virologist's. Folks, we are all in the same boat, trust the people who are working hard to help us all and stop being so negative. We are so very lucky in the Yukon and our health professionals have been working hard.

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Lost In the Yukon on Jan 22, 2021 at 4:35 pm

Pretty neat the Minister of HHS who has lived in Whitehorse for years was able to go to Old Crow (yes, she is their MLA, I know but does not live there) and get vaccinated. Maybe Streicker should be outraged about that also.

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dave47, new appointment are available now on Jan 22, 2021 at 4:17 pm

People 65-69 now can book appointments starting Jan 28

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I disagree, Shona on Jan 22, 2021 at 4:16 pm

line-ups are to be avoided, and I hope you're joking about rounding up people from Main Street. A new age group/appointment times opened up for ages 65-69, which makes sense as the folks look at how many people are coming through, and whether the priority groups are done or mostly done. I get what you're saying, and maybe some criticism of the process is fair, but please let it take its course.

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dave47 on Jan 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Perhaps they could lower the age to 65 and see if they get more takers. Not that the states is a great example of anything, but seniors count as 65 and older at least in Montana, and everything is clicking along smoothly.

These are strange and troubled times, and to turn people away when there are available spaces is a travesty.

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Shona Armstrong on Jan 22, 2021 at 3:59 pm

My problem is not that I cannot get myself vaccinated. It is that the government is paying staff to sit there all day with vaccines while not vaccinating people. So long as the clinic is maxing out its capacity every day, I will be absolutely delighted to wait. Every single person who gets vaccinated benefits everyone else in the Yukon. We can stretch this out for a few extra weeks just to make sure we go in a particular order, and hope the more contagious version doesn't get here before we get to 70%, or we can make sure the vulnerable get priority and allow people to fill every available slot by standing in line outside; if there aren't enough people in line to fill every slot, we should be sending someone out to main street to bring people over and make sure every slot is full EVERY DAY. The limiting factor in our rate of vaccination should be supply. If supply is an issue, that's a different story, but I was assured supply was not the issue.

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Herd Mentality on Jan 22, 2021 at 3:55 pm

I’m willing to bet that the Yukon achieved “herd immunity” by natural means sometime around June 2020. The particularly nasty flu strain last winter hit a lot of people of all ages, especially myself. In February 2020, I had all the symptoms of covid as described by Yukon’s health website (as did all those I had spoken with). 4 days later, I was better, but wow it was bad. It was bad everywhere. Contact trace your family, coworkers, sports teammates etc. from last year, and Boom! Herd immunity. And zero covid cases January 22, 2021

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Thomas Brewer on Jan 22, 2021 at 3:42 pm

It's my understanding that these vaccines have a very short life once they've been thawed out and cannot be refrozen. If HSS/Hanley's (mis)management causes unused thawed vaccines to be wasted at the end of the day this is something that the public needs to know about and policies such as what initiated this article MUST be amended.

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Appointments are opening up on Jan 22, 2021 at 3:25 pm

So I just checked, and there's a new schedule for people aged 65-69 starting January 28, and the clinic is open on Saturday Jan 30. For the woman who's turning 70 'later this year', there ya go....no need to be 'furious', jeez.

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TMYK on Jan 22, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Can we admit that the liberals are trying to stretch this out as long as possible. It has never been about the virus or vaccines. It has always been about polling numbers.

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Groucho d'North on Jan 22, 2021 at 3:11 pm

We are witnessing the results of too much top-down management where all involved are required to follow the plan as written with no room for discreationary abilities to achieve the objective of vaccinating Yukoners. Their way or no way.

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Just wait your turn, please on Jan 22, 2021 at 3:11 pm

I tried to look at it from these folks' point of view, but nope - couldn't get over the 'selfishness' and 'entitlement'.... as if they're trying to do everyone a favour. Take a read of stories about people camping out in the US, and lining up for hours at pharmacies hoping for a leftover dose at the end of each day - is that what you want to see here? Just wait your turn, let the booking system do its thing, and we'll all get our (2) vaccinations in a few weeks.

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Yukoner1 on Jan 22, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Sounds like very poor planning on Million Dollar Hanley's part. This is probably above Minister Frost's pay grade too, so she can't comment. Every single infection of covid-19 from here on out rests squarely on these people's shoulders.

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Jake The Bosun on Jan 22, 2021 at 2:55 pm

The rules are for someone else......we ought to put that on our licence plates.
They should have driven up to Beaver Creek and got in line with the folks from Vancouver.

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Me too on Jan 22, 2021 at 2:48 pm

I went to get mine because when the government first put out the vaccine schedule it said people with pre-existing medical conditions would get the vaccine in the first bunch of people. They turned me away and told me to come back in February. Slap in the face, after they said I would get one. I have a number of medical challenges and not far under 70. Yet I'm "too young" and they even had space. Shame on this government. You didn't say medical conditions AND over 70 at first.

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Anie on Jan 22, 2021 at 2:45 pm

"We should have priority registration for vulnerable and/or priority people to make appointments, but then there should be a line up out the door every day."
That seems like common sense.

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Politico on Jan 22, 2021 at 2:29 pm

Hey, if people don't want the vaccine, too bad for them.

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