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here was the milestone moment yesterday as two residents of a white horse care facility received the first shots in the territory yesterday afternoon the plan this week is to continue vaccinating long-term care residents and staff and the elderly but we’re going to get lots of detail in terms of the plan and the logistics to come in the territory from our next guest dr brandon hanley is the chief medical officer of health for yukon and he’s in horse with us this morning dr hanley welcome to our program and happy new year thank you thank you good morning let’s look at that shot again if we can that moment of uh the first shots in the territory how did the first day go it went really well so we had 60 residents and staff immunized for that that first day all went uh smoothly there’s as you see a lot of smiling faces um really a kind of a feeling of of of relief um and this is only the beginning so it was a really exciting day yesterday we’ll we’ll look beyond the beginning to come but when you say the smiling faces and and likely yours too you as much as anyone locked in this tough fight with coronavirus so on the emotional level how did it feel for you yesterday well it’s definitely another one of those major you know pivotal moments in not only in the pandemic but i think in in our yukon history so so really this is a time with a new year of of new optimism new energy there’s a lot of work ahead of us of course but uh this really brings a whole new element into the the fight against this pandemic what is the the degree of enthusiasm for getting the vaccine in the territory do you think well uh i know that there’s a lot of a lot of people waiting and enthusiastic for you know wondering when their turn is i i think with that uh there’s uh you know there’s a tremendous community here with the community has been so together right through this pandemic and i think that’s one of the reasons that we’re doing so well so i think i sense the same kind of positive energy anticipation around the coming of vaccine people in yukon have obviously had to wait longer than in other parts of the country to get the moderna vaccine which is easier to transport the logistics in the territory as i understand it dr hanley you’ll have two mobile teams and one based in the convention center can you tell me what uconn’s rollout plan looks like yeah so uh the focus as as you were saying the focus for the first couple of weeks is on our long-term care residents and staff and and so that started yesterday and that’s continuing through this week and into next and meanwhile we’re starting to prepare and mobilize the uh the team so what we have is the uh the whitehorse convention center is our mass clinic site and that we already practiced that with the influenza vaccine in the fall so we uh so that’s that’s getting ready to go and that can process up to a thousand people a day through the white horse clinic starting with our high risk um priority population so that’s going to happen within the next couple of weeks and at the same time mobilizing these two teams that are going to go around the rural all 14 yukon uh rural communities and um um and have vaccine ready in the in the communities that might be in some cases a few hours in the larger communities a few days but all of that will be mapped out uh to cover the communities in a two week period for the first dose and then back again a month later or or you know in that in that range for the uh for the second dose yes it’s 28 days for the modern vaccine and that was going to be my question it’s interesting there’s been quite a discussion not just within canada but even internationally whether the aim should be maybe to get all of the doses out into as many arms as possible and then hope that the supply’s there but then the original protocol is the two doses in this case 28 days apart it sounds to me that you’re sticking to the original plan the first dose now and then the other you have 70 7 200 doses in this initial shipment so 3 600 now and then the rest later the second dose we will be just using our doses and counting on the next next supplies um to uh in a way it’s risk managing so we will be uh continuing to uh not hold back our doses by using the subsequent uh shipments of doses as they come in to cover our second doses and we we know that there is going to be likely some flexibility around that uh that 28 day period i mean that that ver as you say that very much is a national discussion we’re certainly talking with other jurisdictions and internationally about about what the best approaches but really our our efforts are really concentrating on getting as many people covered with that uh with that first dose and i think we’re going to be able to get our second dose in a very comfortable period it may not be exactly 28 days but we realize that there is likely going to be some flexibility around that second dose timing so that is interesting i i misinterpreted based on what you were saying i thought you were holding back but you are deciding to go ahead even though that’s not what the original stage three clinical study indicated that you’re you’re taking as you said looking at risk management of the factors and and putting as many of the doses out there as you can can right now do you have any particular as a medical professional do you have concerns about having to choose that strategy well well again i i think that based on our allotments coming in we’re going to be okay i’m certainly comfortable with that with that margin we’ve had a lot a lot of experts waiting to that um that discussion about uh about you know does it have to be exactly that uh that 28-day uh second dose really um the uh what what the literature and the experts are are telling us and we have a long history of of course of immunizing and knowing that it’s that that the second dose definitely will be um will be important but the exact timing probably less less important we will be covering everyone with a second dose but to allowing a little bit of flexibility around that 28 days will allow us to get everyone covered in in in a timely way and of course we are going for a population level approach we are aiming to get 75 percent of the population at least covered really by springtime so really within the next uh next three to four months it’s an ambitious schedule and because you’ve had to wait maybe you’ve seen the other regions of the country deal with some of the snarls that have slowed up in some ways the rollout elsewhere learned from that potentially we’ll keep in touch to see how it continues to go in uconn thank you very much dr hanley for your time this morning my pleasure thank you

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