The board of directors of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association would like to recognize the individuals and programs that contributed to the success of the H1N1 immunization program in the Yukon.
The community nursing program, which includes Whitehorse Health Centre and the rural health centres, demonstrated foresight and comprehensive planning, leading to a very orderly roll-out of the vaccination initiative in the territory.
Medical Officer of Health Brendan Hanley provided open and regular communication with the public, providing consistent and clear information.
We have heard overwhelming acknowledgement and appreciation for the registered nurses throughout Yukon, who worked long hours over an intense period of time to administer the vaccine and who maintained calm and humour throughout as they provided care to the never-ending lines of people.
We are grateful to those retired nurses who readily renewed their licences so that they could participate in the vaccination program or work in areas experiencing high workloads related to H1N1.
Finally, we commend the residents of the Yukon who responded to the vaccination call and who, in many circumstances, demonstrated great patience during some lengthy waits. This co-ordinated effort has resulted in over 50 per cent of the Yukon population being immunized against H1N1. The various partners in this community effort, including the public, should be proud of their achievement.
The board of directors,
Yukon Registered Nurses