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Territory striking out on seniors’ vaccines: report

A new report is giving the Yukon a failing grade on its success with vaccines of all types for older adults, prompting a seniors’ group to express disappointment.

By Tim Giilck on March 3, 2021

A new report is giving the Yukon a failing grade on its success with vaccines of all types for older adults, prompting a seniors’ group to express disappointment.

The report was commissioned by the CanAge organization, which describes itself as “Canada’s National Seniors’ Advocacy Organization”.

The territory was one of three jurisdictions across Canada that received an “F” on the report card. The Northwest Territories and Nunavut were the others.

Laura Tamblyn Watts, the chief executive officer of CanAge, stated in the report “vaccinations are a core pillar of any preventive health strategy, drastically relieving the burden on our overburdened acute health care system at astonishing cost savings to all levels of government.

“Older adults unnecessarily suffer serious health impacts from vaccine preventable diseases such as influenza, pneumonia and shingles.

“For many seniors, getting the vaccinations they need is quite literally a matter of life and death,” Tamblyn Watts said.

“This leads to a stark question: why are only three per cent of older Canadians currently protected against vaccine preventable disease?”

Tamblyn Watts added, “We have done a great job of promoting the importance of vaccinations in children, with older people left to the wayside.

“However, history also highlights with painful clarity the consequences of not prioritizing prevention when it comes to the health of our rapidly aging population.

“According to the most recent available data, 66 per cent of influenza-related deaths are seniors — a number none of us should accept.

She said CanAge produced this report, which she called the first of its kind in Canada to provide data for government officials to make better decisions when it comes to providing resources for vaccinations.

“In this time of health care crisis brought on by COVID-19, we have a unique opportunity to rethink vaccine approvals, prioritization, budgeting and rollout,” Tamblyn Watts added.

“On behalf of Canada’s more than 6.8 million seniors, we implore you: please take this opportunity to fix this unnecessarily broken system. We know how to make it better.”

The Seniors Action Yukon organization said it’s “disappointing that the Yukon has so much room for improvement, even compared to the other territories which face many of the same challenges. 

“This report does not address the COVID vaccine, nor does it address other regular tests such as colon screening which the Yukon may be doing quite well.

“In any event, we have expressed our disappointment about the choice the government made regarding the Shingrix vaccine as it does not seem to be backed up by the latest evidence, nor does it address the most vulnerable.

“The government also has a way to go to improve communications with seniors,” Seniors Action Yukon pointed out.

“CanAge noted the obvious and ongoing problems with navigating the website; imagine the difficulties obtaining information if you are not familiar with government or the internet.”

“This new report card highlights a number of areas where the Yukon needs to improve the way it both delivers and shares information with respect to vaccine delivery,” said the Yukon Party’s Patti McLeod, the official Opposition health critic.

“The government needs to take this report seriously and start addressing these issues immediately to improve our vaccination strategy for seniors.

“One way to do this would be to listen to Health Canada’s recommendations and cover the shingles vaccines for all Yukoners aged 50 and older.”

The conclusions of the report stated the Yukon is a “good news, bad news story.

“The good news is that it is one of only two jurisdictions to have recently publicly funded the shingles vaccines for seniors 65-70 (see Ontario).

“The Yukon is also the first territory to empower its pharmacists to administer flu vaccines.

“The bad news? The absence of coverage for specifically-formulated influenza vaccines for seniors, even extends to those in long-term care, which is strange given the federal government’s financial support for this vaccine program this year. Increased efforts to educate and inform seniors about its vaccine programs are sorrowfully lacking.

“Vaccination information is strongly skewed toward children. Seniors are missing.

“It is unclear which vaccines are publicly funded for seniors.

“While the site does provide good information about the vaccines themselves, how and where to get the vaccines is confusing or unclear, and is not called out well for adults, let alone seniors.”

The Seniors Action Yukon organization said it’s “disappointing that the Yukon has so much room for improvement, even compared to the other territories which face many of the same challenges. 

Comments (17)

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Juniper Jackson on Mar 8, 2021 at 5:33 pm

Sandy Jameson: YOU do some research and get YOUR comments right. YOU are not helping. There is NOTHING in my comments that is not on the net in some official capacity. Start posting your own supports big boy. I can literally paste hundreds of thousands of URLs, but people should ask their own questions. I so rarely target anyone for their comments, usually preferring to focus on the topic. My original comment was about me, what I was doing and why. How did I involve you? I don't care what you do. AND I realized a long long time ago, that other people are going to do what they are going to do with or without your or my comments. The best I hope for is that something I say will get them to do their own research and form their own opinion.







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Sandy Jamesen on Mar 7, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Juniper Jackson. The vaccine will prevent you from dying of Covid 19. Please get your facts right before speaking out. You’re not helping out.

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Bring Back Reason by Uncle Cracker on Mar 5, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Dear Drama Llama - I am absolutely dismayed by the absolute inability to engage in critical thinking these days. I do understand that there are concerted efforts, particularly within government, to diminish the capacity for, and the very ability to engage in critical thought, and often, too often, it appears that the government is winning.

If you cannot see the connection between this article and the Covid, alleged vaccine, then you are providing direct evidence that the government has won. This would be a bit of irony on my part I guess as it is clear from the article that the government does a poor job of things generally... Hmmm...

The concern about education and informing people directly relates to the Covid, alleged vaccine. Your ability for concrete mentalization as demonstrated by your post here could have won you a direct hire to a management position in YG if only you had used your real name... You could have been working today.

We do not need more drama Llama... What we need is the ability to extrapolate from the data, ensure our methodology, and make the necessary course corrections so we can move away from this moralizing, tickle me, feel good society based on an unrestrained emotionalism to move towards a society better balanced by a deliberate thought and methodology.

We need to shutdown the circus of moral relativism and the consequent normalization of opinion as fact... I know my truth... FFS! SMH!

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Llama on Mar 4, 2021 at 9:27 pm

This just in, no one here even reads the article and just wants to spout their opinion.

The article has nothing to do with moderna or covid. Read the article, and challenge your government to do better with vaccinating our most vulnerable against preventable diseases and viruses that ultimately cost more in hospital visits if not taking a preventable approach.

Anything else is just people wanting to "hear" themselves "talk" on here. Jeez.

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yukonlibby on Mar 4, 2021 at 11:59 am

The article (and report) aren't about COVID vaccines... it's about all of the other vaccines seniors could be receiving, if they choose, to stay healthy.

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Groucho d'North on Mar 4, 2021 at 11:22 am

I got my first dose today- next one is to be scheduled for a month hence. It was a simple and easy procedure and appeared to be well organized from my perspective. Polite and helpful staff who answered the few questions I had. So I feel I must acknowledge the things that do work in these pandemic problems, it is obvious that the greatest fly in the ointment was acquiring the vaccines from the Federal government who fumbled their role in a number of ways.
Thanks to all the staff and other volunteers for their good work.

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Observer on Mar 4, 2021 at 10:21 am

Goodness Tim the Con plant must have dug long and hard to find that report??

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Crunch on Mar 4, 2021 at 8:36 am

So 28 days now has been stretched into 4 months. So in another 3 weeks we should be up to 6 months between first and second doses. Right? If this isn't the biggest sham of the century then fill me in on what is. People have to wake up and the sooner the better. Interesting that the folks who administer this mess don't seem to find this embarrassing. Is this why we keep paying Mr. Hanley more money??

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David Griffiths on Mar 4, 2021 at 8:35 am

I have no idea who or what CanAge is or where they're from but apparently they haven't spoken with seniors in Ontario and BC. If you are over 70 in Ontario, you might get the vaccine in June or July. If you are over 70 in BC you might get the vaccine in May. All my senior friends here in Whitehorse have had not just one but both shots and our clinic is now open to anyone over 18. If there are seniors out there who haven't been vaccinated yet it isn't from lack of availability to do so. Seems to me there are political overtones to this so called report.

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Janna Swales on Mar 3, 2021 at 8:41 pm

Call your old folks friends and see if they have been able to get a shot. If they haven't, and if they want to, help them make an appointment, then make it into a lunch date. Your community thanks you!

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Max Mack on Mar 3, 2021 at 8:34 pm

Lobbyists demanding more vaccines. There's a surprise. Follow the money.

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Juniper Jackson on Mar 3, 2021 at 7:10 pm

This is from another forum. I won't get the vaccine yet. It has not even been trialed a year. None of them have. The RDNA technology is not new, but it has been denied human trialing in the US for over 20 years. Suddenly, we have a pandemic, ummm with a 98.7 recovery, and not only is RDNA human trialing approved, but distributed on the most massive human trial ever. Who ever thought the whole world could be a Guinea pig. There are so many companies working on vaccines. I am totally for vaccinations. I come from the polio and small pox days. But, I am hesitant about this one. I'll just wait until a one shot fixes all comes out. Although, personally? I think this virus will take its place with the yearly flu shot. 40 years working on the AIDS virus, no vaccination. a couple of months on covid? uh huh.

●"If I get vaccinated can I stop wearing a mask(s)?"
Goverment: "NO"
●"If I get vaccinated will the restaurants, bars, schools, fitness clubs, hair salons, etc. reopen and will people be able to get back to work like normal?
Government: "NO"
●"If I get vaccinated will I be resistant to Covid?"
Government: "Maybe. We don't know exactly, but probably not."
●"If I get vaccinated, at least I won't be contagious to others - right?"
Government: "NO. the vaccine doesn’t stop transmission."
●"If I get vaccinated, how long will the vaccine last?"
Government: "No one knows. All Covid "vaccines" are still in the experimental stage."
● "If I get vaccinated, can I stop social distancing?"
Government: "NO"
● "If my parents, grandparents and myself all get vaccinated can we hug each other again?"
Government: "NO"
● "So what's the benefit of getting vaccinated?"
Government: "Hoping that the virus won't kill you."
●"Are you sure the vaccine won't injure or kill me?"
Government: "NO"
●"If statistically the virus won't kill me (99.7% survival rate), why should I get vaccinated?"
Government: "To protect others."
●"So if I get vaccinated, I can protect 100% of people I come in contact with?"
Government: "NO"
● "If I experience a severe adverse reaction, long term effects (still unknown) or die from the vaccine will I (or my family) be compensated from the vaccine manufacture or the Government?"
Government: "NO - the government and vaccine manufactures have 100% zero liability regarding this experimental drug"
So to summarize, the Covid19 "vaccine"...
Does not provide immunity
Does not eliminate the virus
Does not prevent death
Does not guarantee you won’t get it
Does not stop you from passing it on to others
Does not eliminate the need for travel bans
Does not eliminate the need for business closures
Does not eliminate the need for lockdowns
Does not eliminate the need for masking

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bonanzajoe on Mar 3, 2021 at 4:13 pm

I too had my 2 Covid Vaccinations. Except for a slightly sore arm both times, I had no other side effects. Every senior my age in their 70s and 80s that I know, also had no side effects. So, I don't know what some of the oldies are worried about. Just get it. Remember, your not going to live forever. Get some enjoyment out of you golden years while you can. So, get the vaccinations and stop being paranoid. Oh, and stop reading those conspiracy theories that are out there in the thousands.

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Yukon star on Mar 3, 2021 at 4:04 pm

Contented senior - you sound like a robot - get the shot and still have to wear a mask shouldn't protect you from getting Wuhan flu.

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Lost In the Yukon on Mar 3, 2021 at 3:27 pm

Slippery Sandy Silver’s revamped Yukon Government website is an utter disaster ... simply terrible.

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Contented Senior on Mar 3, 2021 at 1:54 pm

I had my first dose of Moderna on Jan 30th, the follow up second dose was administered Feb 25th. I never felt either needle, no sore arms, no side effects whatsoever to date. In fact you'd just about have to tell me I've had a shot it's been so efficient and unobtrusively applied. I'm 68 and I can see no problem.

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Politico on Mar 3, 2021 at 1:38 pm

Yukon isn't the only problem. A while ago there was a news story claiming up to 66% of seniors were turning down the vaccine. You can lead a horse to water!

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