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June 22 COVID-19 update: More than a million shots, 36 new cases, 87 recoveries, no deaths

Vaccines Reported An additional 6,496 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,005,275.
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Vaccines Reported

An additional 6,496 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,005,275.

The additional 6,496 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following zones: Far North West, 26; Far North East, 89; North West, 482; North Central, 451; North East, 340; Saskatoon, 2,574; Central West, 67; Central East, 707; Regina, 861; South West, 226; South Central, 81; and South East, 394.  There were 198 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

Eighty per cent of those over the age of 40+ have received their first dose.  Seventy-five per cent of those 30+ have received their first dose.  Seventy per cent of those 18+ have received their first dose, while sixty-nine per cent of those 12+ have also received their first dose. 

Status of Population Vaccinations, as of June 21, 2021

Group

Estimated
Population

Received
First Dose

Fully 
Vaccinated

Age 80+

51,304

47,369 (92%)

42,801 (83%)

 Age 70-79

79,817

73,133 (92%)

62,271 (78%)

Age 60-69

138,471

118,538 (86%)

83,573 (60%)

Age 50-59

147,466

109,656 (74%)

51,935 (35%)

Age 40-49

151,896

104,080 (69%)

26,285 (17%)

Age 30-39

183,246

107,276 (59%)

15,846 (9%)

Age 18-29

189,909

100,122 (53%)

11,622 (6%)

Age 12-17

90,987

49,809 (55%)

862 (1%)

Note: Age is calculated on the date of the most recent dose.  Someone age 69 at their first dose and 70 at their second will now be counted in the 70-79 group for both doses, resulting in a decrease in the 60-69 first dose number. 

All vaccine administration details for the province, including first and second doses, can be found at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness.

Second Dose Schedule 

Anyone previously eligible based on age and anyone who received their first dose on or before May 15 are now eligible for their second vaccine.  Reminder: once eligible to receive your second dose, you are always eligible.

Second doses are also available in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District to all residents 18+, based on the product's recommended interval from their first dose.

Individuals diagnosed with or being treated for cancer and those who have received solid organ transplants will receive a letter of eligibility in the mail that will allow them priority access to a second dose. 

A limited number of first doses of AstraZeneca have been administered since May 5 to those individuals who have contraindication for mRNA vaccines.  If you received AstraZeneca as recommended by your health care provider after May 5, arrangements will be made to administer your second dose based on current, recommended intervals.

Eligibility for 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine 

1st Dose Date 
(on or before)

Eligible for 2nd Dose (on or after)

May 15

June 21

 Everyone age 12+, receiving 2nd dose after 28 days

June 24

When all persons 12 and older become eligible to receive their second doses starting June 24, second doses can be completed any time after 28 days.  With the Delta variant circulating in Saskatchewan, it remains recommended that all residents receive second dose vaccinations as soon as you are eligible. 

Remember that 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 36 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on June 22, bringing the provincial total to 48,505 cases.  

Twenty-one cases were deemed out-of-province residents and removed from the following zones: Far North East, 1; North West, 2; North Central, 1; Saskatoon, 4; Regina, 3; South West, 2; South Central, 1; and seven pending residence information.  Two previously reported cases pending residence information have been assigned to the North West and Regina zones.

The new cases are located in the following zones: Far North East, 3; North West, 2; North Central, 2; Saskatoon, 9; Regina, 11; South Central, 1; and South East, 6.  Two cases are pending residence information.

Recoveries total 47,301 and 639 cases are considered active.

There are 79 people in hospital. Sixty-seven are receiving inpatient care: Far North West, 1; North West, 7; North Central, 8; Saskatoon, 31; Central East, 3; Regina, 14; and South Central, 3.  Twelve people are in intensive care: North Central, 3; Saskatoon, 4; and Regina, 5. 

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case number is 67 (5.4 per 100,000).  This is the lowest seven-day average since October of 2020.  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 1,270 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on June 21, 2021.

To date, 904,060 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of June 20, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 761,760 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 953,649.

As of June 21, 11,998 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the following zones: Far North West, 297; Far North Central, 1; Far North East, 83; North West, 780; North Central, 618; North East, 79; Saskatoon, 2,084; Central West, 145; Central East, 641; Regina, 4,775; South West, 399; South Central, 887; and South East, 1,130.  There are 79 screened VOCs with residence pending.

There are 89 new lineage results were reported for Variants of Concern today.  Of the 6,903 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 6,475 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.

Enforcing Public Health Measures 

Public health orders are enforced by public health inspectors, the Ministry of Health enforcement team and police agencies.  If compliance cannot be achieved through education, enforcement can include the issuance of tickets or the laying of charges.

For more information on the current public health measures or to see the Public Health Order, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-measures.

Saskatchewan's Re-Opening Roadmap - Step Two Now Underway

Saskatchewan has now entered Step Two of re-opening, 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 Re-Opening 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 Re-Opening 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 [email protected].

Know your risk.  Keep yourself and others safe: www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-know-your-risk.