Duplicate content issue due to pagination on home page question

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So i run a relatively big content site ( 4000+ posts running on WP ) and i recently noticed that my homepage has pagination.
Like: http://mysite.com/page/2/ etc...

Problem is, i use a widget style home page where i show widgets of the 5 most recent posts for each category, so when i browse to for example
http://mysite/com/page/2/ it shows exactly the same content as my homepage. ( should be noted there's no visible pagination on the home page, you
need to browse to the URL's directly)

All these pages are indexed in google, there are around 140 of them, they all show the home page exactly.

I use Yoast SEO plugin which has the <link rel="canonical" href="http://mysite.com/page/3/" />
<link rel="prev" href="http://mysite.com/page/2/" />
<link rel="next" href="http://mysite.com/page/4/" />

Which would be great if every page was unique, which is not the case.
So my questions are:

1: I am not wrong right? This is a major duplicate content issue?
2: How to disable pagination only on the home page?
3: Better yet, how to change canonical for the pages to all point to the home page indicating they are all the same?
Or any other solution?

P.S
I don't want to disable pagination completely because on the category pages i do want to show the archive pages and they are indexed as well.
Thanks
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