An additional 24,971 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,048,669.
The additional 24,971 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following zones: Far Northwest, 530; Far North Central, 27; Far Northeast, 376; Northwest, 906; North Central, 1,652; Northeast, 1,503; Saskatoon, 6,561; Central West, 856; Central East, 2,620; Regina, 5,114; Southwest, 1,101; South Central, 1,232; and Southeast, 1,857. There were 636 doses administered with zone of residence pending.
Eighty per cent of those over the age of 40-plus have received their first dose. Seventy-five per cent of those 30-plus have received their first dose. Seventy one per cent of those 18+ have received their first dose, while sixty-nine per cent of those 12-plus have also received their first dose.
Saskatchewan has received an additional confirmed Moderna allocation for the week of June 28. With the largest shipment to-date, Saskatchewan has been allocated 120,960 doses.
Second Dose Schedule
All Saskatchewan residents who have received their first dose of vaccine are now be eligible to receive their second dose following a 28-day interval.
With the Delta variant circulating in Saskatchewan, it remains recommended that all residents receive second dose vaccinations as soon as you are eligible.
Remember, while one dose of COVID-19 vaccine provides good protection against transmission, two doses are required for optimal protection. Please receive your second dose as soon as you are eligible and maintain all public health measures until at least two weeks after your second dose.
As advised by National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) on June 17, Pfizer and Moderna (mRNA) vaccines are interchangeable for second doses. Residents who received Pfizer or Moderna as their first dose should take whichever of those two vaccines is available to them when they become eligible for their second dose. If you received AstraZeneca as a first dose, you may also receive either Pfizer or Moderna for a second dose. Both mRNA vaccines have been approved by Health Canada as safe and effective and allow residents to become fully vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.
Vaccination appointments can be booked through the Saskatchewan Health Authority online at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 or by calling 1-833-SaskVax (1-833-727-5829).
A map of participating pharmacies across the province is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-pharmacies. This online tool includes links to pharmacy booking websites and provides details on the vaccine brand being offered at each location.
For street addresses and hours of operation for drive-thru and walk-in clinics, see www.saskatchewan.ca/drive-thru-vax.
As the SHA is encouraging first dose vaccinations, please review clinic information carefully to ensure you are selecting the right clinic for you.
If you do not know the date of your first dose or have misplaced the wallet card provided at the time of your first dose, 1-833-SaskVax can provide you with that date, or check your Immunization History on your MySaskHealthRecord account.
There may be clinic options outside your community and residents are encouraged to consider those alternate locations for immunization. Additional stops should be avoided if possible when travelling to another community for an appointment. More clinics will be added as new vaccine shipments are received.
During your second-dose appointment, the clinic or pharmacy will validate the timing and brand of your first dose to ensure you are receiving your second dose within the recommended timeframe. The type of vaccine available at each location will be advertised. Additional information on how to book your appointment is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-booking.
Daily COVID-19 Statistics
There are 52 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan June 24, bringing the provincial total to 48,590 cases.
One case was reassigned to the Regina zone. One case has being added to the Regina zone from a Saskatchewan resident tested out-of-province.
The new cases are located in the following zones: Far Northwest, 4; Far North Central, 1; Far Northeast, 1; Northwest, 10; North Central, 7; Saskatoon, 10; Central West, 2; Central East, 4; Regina, 9; and Southeast, 3. One case is pending residence information.
No new deaths are being reported today.
Recoveries total 47,420 and 605 cases are considered active.
There are 76 people in hospital. Sixty-two are receiving inpatient care: Far Northwest, 1; Northwest, 6; North Central, 7; Saskatoon, 29; Central East, 3; Regina, 13; and South Central, 3. Fourteen people are in intensive care: Northwest, 2; North Central, 2; Saskatoon, 5; and Regina, 5.
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case number is 55 (4.5 per 100,000). A chart comparing today’s average to data collected over the past several months is available at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-cases.
There were 1,834 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan June 23.
To date, 907,701 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of June 22, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan’s per capita rate was 764,371 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 956,309.
As of June 22, 12,035 Variants of Concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the following zones: Far Northwest, 301; Far North Central, 1; Far Northeast, 83; Northwest, 787; North Central, 621; Northeast, 79; Saskatoon, 2,090; Central West, 145; Central East, 644; Regina, 4,783; Southwest, 399; South Central, 887; and Southeast, 1,134. There are 81 screened VOCs with residence pending.
There are no new lineage results reported for Variants of Concern today. Of the 6,904 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 6,476 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 293 are Gamma (P.1), 125 are Delta (B.1.617.2) and 10 are Beta (B.1.351).
Confirmed variant of concern cases may appear in both columns on the website, depending on testing for that case. Adding the cases identified by screening and those that have received whole genome sequencing may result in double-counting individual cases.
Further statistics on the total number of cases among health care workers, breakdowns of total cases by source of infection, age, sex and region, total tests to date, per capita testing rate and current numbers of confirmed variants of concern can be found at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-cases.
Limit COVID Transmission in your Community – Get Tested
Getting tested assists the monitoring of active cases in the province, particularly with variants of concern in Saskatchewan. Even if experiencing mild symptoms, stay home and seek a COVID-19 test. Even if you have been recently vaccinated, it can take up to three weeks for your immune system to respond from a first dose and two weeks after a second dose. Vaccines are not a cure preventing all possible transmission and you remain at risk of contracting COVID-19 during that time.
COVID-19 testing is available to all residents. You can still receive a referral for COVID-19 testing through HealthLine 811 or a health care provider, and drive-thru testing sites are available without a referral seven days a week in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton and Prince Albert. Information on symptoms to watch for and how to get tested is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-testing.
Saskatchewan’s Reopening Roadmap – Step 2 Now Underway
Saskatchewan has now entered Step 2 of reopening, with in-person gathering limits increasing across a number of sectors and for private gatherings.
More information on the changes within Step Two of the Re-Opening Roadmap are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open-roadmap.
Guidance for individual sectors has been updated and is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.
Saskatchewan’s Reopening Roadmap – All Public Health Measures to Be Lifted July 11
With more than 70 per cent of residents over the age of 18 having received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the full implementation of Step 3 of the Reopening Roadmap will occur on Sunday, July 11.
That means that as of Sunday, July 11, all public health orders will be removed. This includes the removal of the province-wide mandatory masking order, and the removal of limits on events and gathering sizes.
General COVID-19 Information
General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.
Know your risk. Keep yourself and others safe: www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-know-your-risk.