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Yukoners warned to be careful during holidays due to Omicron

Yukoners warned to be cautious during holidays in face of Omicron

Key Takeaway:

  • Yukoners are being asked to be careful with holiday gatherings as the Omicron variant becomes the strain in many areas.
  • The current case across the Yukon is 52 active cases, with zero Omicron.

Yukoners are being asked to be careful with holiday gatherings as the Omicron variant becomes the strain in many areas.

“It’s important to take precautions as you have gathered with friends and family. Our case count has stabilized, which is amazing, but we still have few active cases in the territory,” said Premier Silver. “We know this variant spreads quickly, and we have to take it very seriously. We must be cautious during the holiday season to stop spreading much as possible.”

Booster shots for adults above 18 have started. Image: Widelyvision

As of Dec. 15, the current case across the Yukon is 52 active cases, with zero Omicron. Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott said cases have stabilized, and the territory can manage the current caseload.

 A rapid-response team is mobilizing and reaching Old Crow, said Silver, in the cluster of new cases.

“What we do currently really matters,” said Elliott. She said the safe six stays important, including staying home when sick, limiting travel, washing hands, and social group sizes. She encouraged each one to get vaccinated if they were eligible.

Elliott said the sacrifices of the public had made a difference in the territory. She used a wildfire metaphor to understand that the Omicron strain is transmissible than Delta. While more data is being gathered, the vaccines may not be as effective against Omicron, although they are still essential in preventing illness.

“People are going to make some difficult decisions about celebrations,” said Elliott, urging respect for people’s decisions.

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The further advice instructs Yukoners to follow federal guidance before international travel and be careful when traveling domestically.

Booster shots for adults above 18 have already begun. Silver said more appointments would be opening up in the coming days, and all adults would be able to get the shot till the end of January.

Silver said 94.5 percent of Yukon government employees have attested to receiving their first shot. Of the remainder, 1.5 percent, or 90 people, are full-time employees, while the rest are casual or on-call employees.

“We want to carry on with the efforts to get as many people vaccinated,” said Elliott.

She said that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is available for people.

Silver stated appointments would be seen for those affected by the vaccine mandate. If people are having trouble booking online, they can call 1-877-374-0425 to prioritize.

Source-CTV News

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