The Health Canada-approved Moderna bivalent COVID-19 boosters will be available for Yukoners ages 18 years and older beginning Oct. 5 in Whitehorse.
The Yukon government issued a news release Friday evening confirming that.
A day earlier, a federal government website had reported that the territory had received 3,850 doses.
The previous week, the site had reported that 900 doses had been distributed to the Yukon.
The bivalent booster will also be offered to people living in long-term care homes, the Yukon government said Friday.
This vaccine is recommended a minimum of six months after someone had received a previous COVID-19 vaccine dose and at least three months after a COVID-19 infection. It’s effective against the original COVID-19 and the Omicron variants.
Bivalent booster appointments are available to Whitehorse residents starting Oct. 5 and can be made online or by calling 1-877-374-0425.
For residents in most rural communities, bivalent boosters will be available at community clinics at unspecified dates in October.
People should contact their local health centre for more information.
Check Yukon.ca/appointments to check clinic dates and times.
“Vaccination remains our best protection against COVID-19, and we are pleased to be able to open appointments for Yukoners ages 18 and over to receive the approved Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster,” said Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.
“It is important that we all continue to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
“Being fully vaccinated is the best way to maintain your health and protect your family, friends and community.”
The government anticipates receiving more doses in the coming months.
“It’s important to remember that all of the vaccines, including the original vaccines, give you really good protection from severe outcomes of disease,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, the chief medical officer of health.
“Staying up to date on all COVID-19 vaccinations ensures the strongest protection against the virus. I encourage all Yukoners to get their booster when they become eligible.”