Yukon Territory Imposes Vaccination Mandate As Cases Rise
Vaccinations against the coronavirus will soon be mandatory for government officials and health care workers in the Yukon Territory, government officials said on Friday, as the territory’s immediate neighbors grappled with a spike in cases.
The state of Alaska and the Northwest Territories, the province east of the Yukon, have “each faced a widespread resurgence” of cases, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said on Friday. a briefing on Covid-19. Northwest Territories has highest rate of active Covid-19 cases in Canada, national report finds public health data.
In the Yukon, vaccination will also be compulsory for teachers and staff of some non-governmental organizations that receive public funds, such as those serving prisons and other places of collective living.
Workers must receive both doses by November 30. Effective today, the territory will also require residents to present proof of vaccination to attend public events like theatrical performances or to enter recreational facilities like gymnasiums and community centers. However, access to grocery stores, banks and other places offering essential services will not depend on immunization status.
Yukon had 109 active cases of Covid per 100,000 population on Friday, which is higher than the provincial average of 92, according to the National public health data. At least 72 percent of the territory’s population was fully immunized by October 2, the latest data available performances by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Yukon’s vaccination rate is in line with the national trend. Seventy-six percent of Canadians were fully immunized as of October 2, according to national data.
“Despite our high vaccination rate, we have seen Covid-19 spread rapidly and ruthlessly in our unvaccinated population,” said Mr. Silver.
Ten people have died from Covid-19 in the Yukon, a territory of more than 35,800 people characterized by rugged terrain and remote communities.
The Yukon Territory was the last provincial government to announce a program requiring proof of vaccination. In September, Ontario did so, following the lead of British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. Several provinces have seen unruly anti-vaccine protests in areas around hospitals.