Whitehorse Daily Star

Vaccination attempts frustrated local resident

Sometimes it pays to be the squeaky wheel, apparently.

By Tim Giilck on May 13, 2022

Sometimes it pays to be the squeaky wheel, apparently.

In an unusually swift move, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended second COVID-19 boosters to Yukoners aged 50 and over – beginning today.

The move follows complaints to the media from a Whitehorse woman who attempted to get her booster shot on Thursday – only to be turned away because she isn’t yet 70 years old.

Heather MacFadgen, 68, told the Star Thursday, “I and my husband have been faithfully waiting for our fourth booster for the required six months, and that time is up.

“We know that as seniors, we are vulnerable to COVID because people’s immune systems weaken as they age.

“We also know that the vaccine is the best way to avoid COVID and also to lessen the seriousness of the disease if you do get it,” MacFadgen added.

“So far, we have avoided COVID by taking the recommended precautions. We also know that after about four months, the protection of the third booster is weakening.”

She said, “We have been trying to book an appointment at the public health vaccine clinic since our six months was up. (Wednesday), we got appointments for (Thursday) using the online booking system – which requires you to enter your age. We got a confirmation email saying we were booked.”

MacFadgen said she couldn’t understand how she could reserve an appointment online if she wasn’t in the proper age range.

“I had to give the computer my birthdate and still got the spot,” she noted. “When I told the nurse at the clinic this, she said the computer program is not very smart.

“(Thursday) morning, we went for our shot – showed our health care card while the reception person checked for our appointment.

“She found it and sent us to the waiting area – which was empty. We waited for about 15 minutes and then were directed to the nurse, who again looked at the computer and then said, ‘I can’t give you the shot because you are under 70.’

“I explained that I was travelling (Friday) to see new grand-babies who of course, as infants, cannot be vaccinated, and I wanted the shot because that would help protect them.

“Even though she had the vaccine ready and there was no one else waiting, I could not get it,” said the longtime local resident.

MacFadgen said she was so frustrated, she called the office of Tracy-Anne McPhee, a neighbour in Riverdale and the minister of Health.

“She was not in yet, so I spoke to her assistant, Michelle, and explained the problem “ MacFadgen said.

“She said people 50 and up are now eligible to get the shot. I told her the clinic did not know that.”

MacFadgen said she went back to the clinic and attempted to explain what McPhee’s office had to say.

“But they would not give me the shot. I pointed out that the sign on the door said if you have waited six months from your third booster, you are eligible.

“She said that’s not the case – even though the sign says so. Now I am really frustrated – again, there was no one there waiting to get a shot, MacFadgen said.

“So we have all these expensive resources – nurses, assistants, supervisors, cleaners, etc. – there at the clinic, with virtually no uptake.”

A senior couple arrived while MacFadgen was speaking to the supervisor.

“Maybe they too were eventually turned away by the time they got to the nurse,” she said.

“My friends who are over 70 and got their shot over a week ago said there was no one there besides themselves when they went in.

“I know lots of people 50 and up who would take their shot right now. Surely we can do better,” MacFadgen noted.

“Most of the Yukoners who have died from COVID, I am pretty sure, were seniors. YG needs to make it easier, not harder to get the shot.”

The Star attempted to contact the Department of Health about the situation on Thursday afternoon. There was no response.

Instead, the government issued a news release at about 6 p.m. announcing the change in policy effective this morning.

“This builds on the previous recommendations announced Apr. 7 for second boosters for people who are aged 70 and over, seniors living in long-term care or other senior congregate living settings and immunocompromised Yukoners,” the statement reads.

“Throughout the pandemic, data has (sic) shown that the main risk factor for severe outcomes from COVID-19 is age.

“First boosters were also rolled out in the same way and eligibility expanded based on age.”

To be eligible for a second booster dose, six months must have passed since the first booster.

As well, for people who have recently had COVID-19, a second booster is not recommended until at least three months have passed since symptoms began, or receiving a positive test.

“We know that vaccination is our best protection against COVID-19 and boosters help ensure that our immune responses to COVID-19 remain high,” McPhee said in the statement.

“By offering second boosters to people aged 50 and over, we are ensuring Yukoners have the strongest protection available against the virus.”

Dr. Jesse Kancir spoke in the continuing absence of Dr. Catherine Elliott, the acting chief medical officer of health.

“Expanding the eligibility for the second COVID-19 boosters will help Yukoners ensure they maintain a high level of protection,” Kancir said.

“Vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19 and severe outcomes such as hospitalization and even death. We will continue to assess the COVID-19 risk in the territory and update recommendations as necessary.

“I encourage all Yukoners to stay up-to-date on all recommended doses.”

MacFadgen told the Star this morning she had received her shot first thing.

“Yes, I just got my shot. It was a dead zone here yesterday when I came and today is busy with a good mix of over and under 70 years, I would say.

“A good thing!” MacFadgen added.

“I am getting on a plane to see grand babies this aft and I know the booster immunity is not immediate, but every day from now is safer.”

Meanwhile, the latest COVID-19 case numbers from Thursday continue to show some encouraging signs of decline.

Active cases were at 45 yesterday, with no new confirmed cases.

The testing positivity rate has crept up a little to 31.2 per cent. It had dropped below 30 per cent on Wednesday.

Some restrictions remain at the Whitehorse General Hospital due to staff shortages.

Comments (19)

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North_of_60 on May 19, 2022 at 10:06 pm

It’s a common misconception that Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is only caused by the HIV virus. This simply isn’t true.

AIDS has many different causes, and unfortunately it looks like the Covid-19 injections should be added to the list of causes, because official UK Government data suggests the Triple Vaccinated population in England have been developing the condition since the beginning of 2022.


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North_of_60 on May 19, 2022 at 6:02 pm

@Jughead Jones seems to love shooting at the messenger instead of using a search tool to find more data. That level of lazy ignorance wouldn't understand the studies or data stats anyway. There's lots of info out showing many C0vax recipients are now immunocompromised [aka AIDS].

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Charlie's Aunt on May 19, 2022 at 5:24 pm

The on-line booking system, although much improved, obviously still has faults. YT had graduated guidelines, probably to ease any rush. Although I am 70+, I had to wait until this week for my 6 months to be up. Not a big deal and leads me to wonder whether MacFadgen and others who agree with her would also think it would be OK to be too impatient to wait for the required age to obtain a drivers' license or enter a bar.

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Jughead Jones on May 18, 2022 at 9:07 am

At DL on May 16, 2022 at 3:54 pm:

Do you have a copy or a link to the actual data to support this. How credible is Expose?

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bonanzajoe on May 16, 2022 at 9:02 pm

Brian Melanson on May 16. Sue the mining company. I can see workman's comp for life.

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DL on May 16, 2022 at 3:54 pm

Real science is based on data, not slogans. Take a look at the data:

“Your Government quietly confirmed the Fully Vaccinated are developing Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome while they had you worried about Russia-Ukraine & the Cost of Living”


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Mr Facts on May 16, 2022 at 2:32 pm

Today's reality is as follows:

"Those dam anti-vaxxers infected me after being 4X boosted. They are so selfish. We need more lockdowns and triple mask mandates"
Read that 5 times out loud.

Meanwhile the only ones I see getting sick are people vaccinated. But somehow I'm banned from boarding a plane/train or crossing the border. Yeah, makes sense to me too.
I don't need to travel. I have the Yukon as my backyard. Get bent.

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Brian Melanson on May 16, 2022 at 5:47 am

Unfortunately I have had more negative side effects from getting the injection then I did being exposed to Covid positive people. The mine I worked at gave us a choice, Wednesday after work get the shot or pack your bags.
What a great place to be put into. Just trying to support my family. Maybe save some money for retirement.
Now I have 3 new health conditions that I didn’t have before getting the injection and the physiological games not knowing who to believe.
And no one is accountable because it was an experiment and I wasn’t “Forced” to take it.
Great new society we have.

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Max Mack on May 15, 2022 at 12:03 am

Surprise, surprise. The second booster host is NOT currently approved by Health Canada.

". . . second booster doses are not currently authorized for use by Health Canada."


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YukonChick on May 14, 2022 at 9:39 pm

Good for Helen. I, too, am 68 and have not been allowed to book the 2nd booster because I am not over 70. I called the Covid number twice and the man told me it would 'eventually be lowered' but didn't know when. Thanks, Helen...I'll get mine this week.

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Anonymous on May 14, 2022 at 8:40 pm

Lets not forget, U.S. regulators are strictly limiting who can receive Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine due to a serious risk of blood clots. The sad thing about the blood clots is that the damage they cause could take years to manifest as actual symptoms. It's not looking good for the vaxxies, They speak with so much conviction and have nothing to back it up besides what the CBC doctor told them. They should all do likewise to what the person in the article did, step up for another booster so your shots stay current given they wear off over time, and continue doing this twice a year for the rest of your life. They won't, they'll just try and pretend like nothing ever happened and move on to the next current thing in the news.

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Salt on May 14, 2022 at 11:53 am

So many people have been mentally broken by the governments covid propaganda. Reality shows that the more shots you get, the more likely you are to get covid. It also shows that the likelihood of getting covid goes up in the first 2 weeks post-shot due to immune suppression. So while MacFadgen had good intentions, she has unintentionally maximized her odds of being covid + while visiting her grandkids. Sad and ridiculous is a standard government led outcome.

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State Sponsored Human Rights Activists on May 14, 2022 at 10:52 am

From her relative position of social power, Heather MacFadgen, exerts her privilege to refreshen the justifications of Liberalism’s assault against the right of bodily integrity for all citizens.

The association between a former Human Rights lawyer and the legitimation of the “vaccines” (cough, cough) is galling! Nice manipulation!!

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DL on May 14, 2022 at 12:41 am

“The Evaporating Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines as Shown by the Newest Ontario Government Data”
“As Covid-19 spreads unchecked and becomes seemingly as common as colds and flus, it’s ever-harder to maintain confidence in the mRNA vaccines developed in 2020 to combat the virus’s original strain. Yet the prevailing view still seems to be, Where’s the harm? Might as well be extra-safe and get that booster (or even second booster). But what if an objective statistical analysis of official government data showed not only that the currently available vaccines do nothing to prevent infection by Omicron and its subvariants, but actually make people more susceptible? Following on his groundbreaking analysis of Ontario infection case data in February, Jim Mason returns to the task with this evaluation of the province’s most up-to-date data. Hint: the vaccines aren’t getting any better.”

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DL on May 14, 2022 at 12:41 am

Still clinging to government propaganda about the “safe and effective” covax, are we. Have we already forgotten that the biggest covid outbreaks recently happened among folks who are fully vaxed and masked. For example the Whitehorse hospital, and long-term care facilities.
Also, the fact that YG doesn’t specify whether the recent covid deaths were vaxed or not is enough to convince the rest of us that the covax is neither safe nor effective.

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bonanzajoe on May 13, 2022 at 5:47 pm

My first two shots went well. However, my 3rd/1st booster, I had such a bad reaction, I almost had to call an ambulance. It happened 2 days after the shot. I will very carefully consider getting any more.

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Rick S on May 13, 2022 at 5:46 pm

We now have fearful citizens dictating public health policy to the CMO. I guess not much changes in practice and it's a fitting prolongation to this nightmare, so why not.

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Wilf Carter on May 13, 2022 at 5:21 pm

Yukon over paid for our vaccine to start with as Federal Government controlled prices of it to most areas.

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Al on May 13, 2022 at 4:22 pm

This article should be entitled "McPhee strikes again!" Just when you thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel she snuffs it out. Ta da - "incompetence reigns again in the Liberal hallways". That would make a good follow-up story.

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