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After a week in which some of Canada’s largest provinces released their plans to reopen, the Yukon will soon take an important step towards normalcy by lifting travel restrictions for people inside and outside the country. territory that can prove that they have been fully vaccinated.
It’s a “giant leap” in the words of Dr. Brendan Hanley, Chief Medical Officer of the Yukon, and it could provide a first glimpse of what it would take to start traveling again in Canada and abroad.Yukon’s reopening is bolstered by the country’s highest vaccination rate, according to a CBC tracker: Nearly 60% of Yukoners are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has called the territory’s vaccine deployment a “model” for others.
“All eyes are definitely on the Yukon,” Premier Sandy Silver said in an interview that aired Sunday. Rosemary Barton Live.
While the Yukon currently has the capacity to confirm the immunization status of residents of British Columbia and Yukoners, it will need to work with other jurisdictions to determine the necessary verification steps for others who wish to avoid the quarantine period. 14 days.
“We’re kind of like a snow plow right now, because as part of the federal conversation a lot of jurisdictions are not where we are right now to have this conversation,” Silver told the political correspondent in CBC Chief Rosemary Barton.
Silver said discussions are underway among Canadian jurisdictions about what a national immunization status verification system might look like.
“It would be very helpful to see a national campaign,” he said.
The reopening of the border should come after the immunity of the herd: Njoo
Other jurisdictions in Canada are far behind the Yukon on vaccination rates, but Ontario and Quebec both released plans to reopen last week. A majority of Canadians have received their first vaccine injection and the rate of immunization continues to increase.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) maintains its “ambitious” vaccine coverage targets, saying that once 75 percent of Canadians have received a dose and 20 percent are fully immunized, restrictions can begin to be lifted safely.
WATCH | Dr Howard Njoo says the reopening of borders is linked to the pandemic state:
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