Yukoners aged six months to five years eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

WHITEHORSE – Yukon youth will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines later this month.

The territory says in a press release that shots should be ready for people aged six months to five years from July 25, while parents can start making appointments on July 21.

This decision follows Health Canada’s approval of the Moderna vaccine for children in this age group and is supported by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.

The territory says the vaccine is a two-dose primary series and the second dose is to be given eight weeks after the first.

Children aged six months to five years will receive a dose about half the dose allowed for children aged five to 11 years.

If a child has recently been infected, it is recommended to wait 3 months after the onset of symptoms or after a positive test before starting the series of vaccines.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 15, 2022.

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