Yukon’s COVID vaccine rollout falls short in First Nations care, engagement: auditor

YUKON- A new report from Canada’s auditor general on Yukon’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout finds clinics at First Nations communities did little to alleviate residents’ fears and suspicions of the shots. The report presented to the Yukon legislature says some First Nation residents had “concern that they were the test cases to determine the efficacy of the vaccination,” and many workers involved in the immunization lacked the training to ease those anxieties. The report says residents and non-governmental organizations felt the immunization environment “was overly clinical” and lacked cultural support, unless the clinics were run directly by First Nations themselves. Overall, the report says Yukon’s vaccine rollout was successful, with the territory vaccinating vulnerable groups such as seniors in Whitehorse within six weeks of receiving its first shipment. But the report…

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