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Dr. Catherine Elliott

Third dose is for immuno-compromised Yukoners

Effective today, Yukoners who qualify for a third dose of a COVID-19 immunization can make an appointment online.

By Whitehorse Star on September 20, 2021

Effective today, Yukoners who qualify for a third dose of a COVID-19 immunization can make an appointment online.

They can do so through the CanImmunize page on Yukon.ca .

Yukoners in rural communities can call their local health centre to find out when the next immunization clinic will be held.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recommended a third dose of an approved Health Canada vaccine for a select group of immunocompromised individuals, the Yukon government said Friday afternoon.

“This decision has been made as some immunocompromised people are more likely to have had a less than adequate immune response to the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine,” the government said in a statement.

“This third dose for people with moderate to severe immunosuppression will complete their primary series, whereas those who are not immunocompromised require two doses to complete their primary series.”

The third dose should be provided 28 days or more after the second dose.

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine is different from a booster dose. A booster dose is used to boost the immune system when protection from a primary vaccine series shows signs of waning over time.

The third dose is the completion of a primary series for people who meet specific criteria.

The advisory committee’s definition of immunocompromised includes people with the following conditions:

• Active treatment for solid tumour or hematologic malignancies;

• Receipt of solid organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy;

• Receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplant within two years or taking immunosuppression therapy.

• Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency, for example. Dieorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.

• Stage 3 or advanced untreated HIV infections and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

• Active treatment with the following categories of immunosuppressive therapies

• anti-B cell therapies;

• high-dose systemic corticosteroids;

• alkylating agents;

• antimetabolites;

• tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors; and biologics.a

“It is important that Yukoners who are immunocompromised and vulnerable to COVID-19 have access to a third dose of the vaccine to protect their health,” said Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.

“If you are immunocompromised, being fully vaccinated is the best way to protect you against the virus.

“In the Yukon, there are about 200 to 300 people who have immunocompromised conditions and should have a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to be fully protected against the virus.

“The guidelines laid out by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization for immunocompromised people are very specific, and the Yukon is fortunate to be in a position to rapidly respond to protect Yukoners.”

People who are immunocompromised are less likely to have a robust response to the COVID-19 vaccine and require a third dose to ensure they are fully protected, the government said.

All others have a more robust response and may require a booster rather than a third dose to offer further protection.

“In order to ensure Yukoners who have moderate to severe immunosuppression are protected against COVID-19, a third dose of vaccine is recommended,” explained Dr. Catherine Elliott, the acting chief medical officer of health.

“This ensures that everyone has a fair opportunity to reach their fullest health potential and protection against COVID-19.

“It is strongly encouraged for individuals to speak to their health care provider if they are unsure if they meet the criteria.”

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Comments (16)

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Bazooka Joe on Sep 24, 2021 at 11:35 am


Try to read more than just the headline on these stories

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Isn’t it ironic? on Sep 22, 2021 at 5:04 pm

Definitely not a fake name - One could not deliberately put together any greater irony than you have demonstrated here with your post. Nice!

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concerned on Sep 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

It's interesting to note that on the radio station, the news segments talk about the passports and how all of the health problems in the world are because of the unvaccinated. A few moments later one hears another repetition of a commercial promoting McHappy Day with the radio announcers cheering on the "food" of that particular establishment at every possible opportunity. Of course, who could conceive that hospitals have always been filled with people who eat this type of food and don't mind their health in a lot of other ways besides their diet. Examples such as smoking, excessive drinking (alcohol), drug use, no exercise, poor sleeping habits, and mismanagement of stress to name just a few.
But yeah. It's the "unvaccinated" that are to blame for everything. Of course it is.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:42 pm

Definitely not a fake name: Ask that question in 4 years, when your taxes are so high you won't be able to afford a vacation. JT will take good care of you - and your bank account.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:37 pm

Oh, and is Dr. Elliott in some kind of transition thing?

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bonanzajoe on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:36 pm

They lied to us when they told us we only needed two doses. Now, they are tactfully telling us we need a 3rd dose. Next it will be a 4th dose, then a booster shot twice a year. I give up. Two shots is all I get. So, Libs, suck it up.

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drum on Sep 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm

When all Seniors can get a booster I will be lining up.

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 21, 2021 at 5:08 pm

Covid has been a power/money tree for governments on the edge, like Canada's. Emergency Measures Act let all the government levels act without Parliamentary oversight and debate. Democracy has not existed in Canada for a while now, with Legislation on the books that is not enforced. But, it soon will be.

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Definitely not a fake name on Sep 21, 2021 at 9:23 am

How'd that election go for you right wing extremists?

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Matthew on Sep 21, 2021 at 7:51 am

Going to get as many "vaccines" as there are varients.. LOL! Glad I'm not getting one and will NEVER get one. They've been trying for 30 years to get RNA approved, why now? Please share how to build a strong immune system.. you are a doctor right?

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Rick S on Sep 20, 2021 at 8:07 pm

Any anecdotal stories to share? In my workplace, one coworker had near liver failure three months post vax. Another coworker developed lingering headaches, dizziness and hand tremors four months post vax. In their 20s and 30s with no prior health problems. I can't claim with certainty the injuries are related to vaccination, but it's definitely always on my mind.

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 20, 2021 at 5:37 pm

I caught a lot of flack some time ago for talking about 3rd doses, and on and on. But, here it is. It looks like it's a choice. I'm ok with that. Get it if you want it...stay away from it if you don't. My objections are always when my choice is eliminated, and someone else can force me.

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Mr Facts on Sep 20, 2021 at 3:48 pm

I can't wait for the people who get a 3rd does to call people who got just 2 doses antivaxxers, lmao. They keep moving the goal posts but most people don't really care. Booster shots for life. No thanks. Medicine that is so effective that it doesn't work if I don't get it, hahaha. *Insert carnival music*

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Max Mack on Sep 20, 2021 at 3:22 pm

And where is the data to support this decision? I get it, you want to protect the most vulnerable people.

But where are the randomized control trials that were used to justify a booster shot by the "National Advisory Committee on Immunization"? Did Health Canada issue an interim approval for a third booster? Aren't we still waiting for the results of phase 3 clinical trials? When did the vaccine manufacturers test their covid products on "immunocompromised individuals"? In fact - unless I am mistaken - the vaccine manufacturers specifically excluded immunocompromised individuals from their trials.

Follow "the science"TM?

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Ben on Sep 20, 2021 at 3:01 pm

WTG Dr. Elliott and Minister McPhee I knew you could pull this off. Keep up the great work.

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Yep on Sep 20, 2021 at 2:30 pm

I kind of miss Dr.H now

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