Worker feels 'very vulnerable' as Yukon vaccine mandate doesn't apply to daycare workers

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Sarah Thompson works at Little Hands Childcare Centre in Whitehorse, and she says she often worries about bringing COVID-19 back home to her grandmother. 

Early childhood educators like Thompson are in constant contact with unvaccinated children, but the Yukon government doesn’t require them to be vaccinated.

A spokesperson for the department of health and social services said that’s because children are considered to be at low-risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. 

The department also noted that daycares are privately run, so staff members are not government employees.

The Yukon government announced Tuesday that, as of Wednesday, staff and children of child care and early learning programs no longer need to report positive COVID-19

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