In our communities and around the world, everywhere we look, people are sharing their strength, resilience and compassion in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.

There's also so much hope in these challenging days trying to create a new normal in Yukon. We want to share with you some real stories of Yukoners who have decided to get vaccinated. Protection Yukon's Health together.

If you would like to share your story with us, please get in touch with us.

Joy O'Brien - Why she changed her mind to get vaccinated

Joy"My name is Joy O'Brien; I am a member of Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation. I had hesitation about receiving the COVID19 vaccine. Here is are the reasons why and what changed my mind. A few years back, I started having body symptoms that were not 'normal'; I consulted with my doctor and then my optometrist. It turned out after a long-drawn-out diagnosis process; I had a rare Autoimmune condition called VKH. VKH is rare, and it comes out through your vision. It is where your autoimmune system cannot differentiate between foreign entities and attacks your own body. I feared that the vaccine would trigger my symptoms which have been in remission since being placed on medications for 6 months.

While in hesitation mode, I had family members or close acquaintances who have come in with others who tested positive to COVID19. They had to self-monitor, and then another close family member had to even self-isolate.  This made me realize that I am not able to control those near me and their close contacts. After much research and joining a VKH support group, I was able to get the information I needed to feel comfortable that I would be doing the right thing by receiving the vaccine.

I realize that I am in control of my own health, and if I want to protect my 86-year-old father, then the best decision was to get that added protection without feeling fear, anxiety or worried that I will pass it on to other loved ones. Please ask questions to those in the medical field if you are hesitant! Be safe."

Joy O'Brien 
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation

Jenoah Esquiro - Keeping our Elders Safe

Jenoah Esquiro

"My biggest reason for getting vaccinated is that I am learning my traditional language and learning from my Elders as they are our language carriers. It is so important to keep them safe, not only our language but also our culture." This vaccine is my small part in keeping our Elders safe, and I feel that it is my personal responsibility to do that."- "And I also have three young children, and I want to be a part of something that brings back some sense of normalcy to raising my children."

To watch her video, please click here.

-Jenoah Esquiro, Taku River, Tlingit First Nation

Sarina Primozic - Working with Elders and Youth

Sarina Primozic

"I always work with Elders and youth, and that is why I will be getting vaccinated. You too- Think about it!."

To watch her video, please click here.

-Maghąts'äsänämą (Sarina Primozic)
Haines Junction, Champagne and Aishihik First Nation

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Getting vaccinated is the key to Protecting Yukon’s Health. For questions, appointment bookings or for more information, call 1-877-374-0425 or visit

If you or someone you know needs support with a free certified Indigenous counsellor, please contact Ashley or Susan at the Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council at 1-866-667-6162.

For other mental health and wellness supports, please here.