COVID-19 vaccinations for children in the Yukon between the ages of 5 and 11 will begin in early December.
Premier Sandy Silver said on Wednesday that being able to vaccinate children was what the territory “was waiting for” and he encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible.
Yukon has 121 active cases and the territory’s acting chief medical officer, Dr Andre Corriveau, said healthcare workers are seeing the rate of active cases begin to drop.
The territory has also launched a vaccination verification smartphone app, which will help businesses confirm a person’s vaccination status. Silver says no private data will be stored on the app.
He added that the territory is waiting for supplies of the vaccine to arrive in the coming days and he said the government is asking parents not to let out misinformation about vaccinations.
“We’ve been here for 20 months talking about the effectiveness of these shots,” Silver said. “If it’s approved by Health Canada, it’s safe, it’s effective.”
Silver said hesitant parents should consider research that highlights the different health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
The Education Department is also informing children about vaccines and their use, he said.
Corriveau says children will wait eight weeks between Pfizer-BioNTech shots.
There have been 1,454 COVID-19 cases in the Yukon since the pandemic began, with 1,338 people recovering. There have been 12 deaths from the virus.
This Canadian Press report was first published on November 24, 2021.