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A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is on display at a pop-up vaccination clinic for the EMS worker center in Salt Lake City on January 5, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS / AP, Rick Bowmer
WHITE HORSE –
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said all residents of the territory could be vaccinated against COVID-19 within weeks, now that an adequate supply of vaccine has been ensured
Silver says just over 16,000 doses of Moderna vaccine are expected to arrive in the Yukon by February 28
He says if the shipment arrives as scheduled, a public immunization clinic will open in Whitehorse on March 1
General clinic appointments are already accepted and Silver says booster shots will be provided four to six weeks after residents receive their first vaccine
He says recent weeks have involved “intense negotiations” to secure vaccine supplies for the Yukon as officials successfully “reminded” the premier of his commitment to prioritize rural, indigenous and remote communities.
Yukon has two active cases of COVID-19 and Dr. Brendan Hanley, the chief medical officer of health, says test results are pending to determine if either involves a variant of the virus, but he doubts that new strains have entered the territory
“I don’t really suspect these (new cases) are variants,” Hanley said at a press conference Thursday.
“The area (outside of the Yukon) where the exhibit occurred is not an area where there are known variants to circulate, but we will find out in the days to come”
Yukon has recorded 72 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year and Silver says 10,627 people received the first of two vaccinations, while 917 people received the second dose
Vaccination rollout aims to provide an injection to all Yukon residents who want one and officials say it remains on track to be completed by the end of April
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