He is encouraging people not to miss their appointments.
Premier Sandy Silver joined Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley at this morning’s COVID-19 update for the first time since the territorial election was called last month.
Silver started things off by offering his condolences to the family of the latest COVID-19 related death, announced earlier this week.
Dr. Hanley also offered his condolences. He says no more information on the death will be released to protect the family’s privacy.
Dr. Hanley is encouraging those who have not been vaccinated to do so. He says immunization clinic are facing a problem – no shows.
“I want to make sure people realize the impact this has on our vaccine program and supply. This isn’t quite the same as say, missing a rendezvous with a friend. Keep in mind, the Moderna vaccine is kept frozen at -20 degrees. When you book an appointment, our team of immunizers thaw a set number of vials. The dose needs to be used within that day, or it has to be thrown out. Our team is very careful to thaw just the right amount so we don’t waste a single dose. However, if a large number of people do not show up, then many doses may need to be discarded. So, if you book, please show up. And please, if you can’t make your appointment, we totally understand, but please contact our team, cancel your appointment, or re-schedule it.” Says Dr. Hanley.
63 percent of Yukon’s eligible adult population are now fully vaccinated. Hanley says that reaching 75 percent vaccine uptake does not necessarily mean herd immunity. He says the more people that get vaccinated, the better. He would like to see a 75 percent vaccination rate across all age groups. He says progress is being made.
Dr. Hanley says as we inch closer to summer, we are on track to easing some restrictions. He has had conversations with the premier on what the territory’s next steps should be and the sunny weather could bring increased gathering sizes.
“Stay with us Yukoners, we will see change shortly. In order to be successful with easing restrictions, we do need to ensure our foundation is strengthened to maintain and protect the health of all Yukoners. That means ongoing vaccination and careful observance of self isolation measures, particularly in households to prevent transmission. It also means continuing to abide by public health measures.” Says Dr. Hanley.
Dr. Hanley is looking to recent outbreaks in Nunavut and Nova Scotia as examples of what could happen if we let our guard down but he applauded Yukoners for their continued efforts to fight the virus.