June 26, 2021

COVID-19 Update for June 26: 1,092,980 Vaccines Administered, 61 New Cases, 71 Recoveries, One New Death

An additional 23,323 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,092,980.

Vaccines Reported
The additional 23,323 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following zones: Far North West, 330; Far North Central, 10; Far North East, 225; North West, 1,019; North Central, 1,480; North East, 871; Saskatoon, 6,732; Central West, 657; Central East, 2,219; Regina, 4,770; South West, 923; South Central, 1,309; and South East, 2,128.  There were 650 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 one per cent of those 18+ have received their first dose, while seventy per cent of those 12+ have also received their first dose. 

Status of Population Vaccinations, as of June 24, 2021

 

Group

Estimated
Population

Received
First Dose

Fully 
Vaccinated

Age 80+

51,304

47,497 (93%)

43,653 (85%)

 Age 70-79

79,817

73,480 (92%)

65,311 (82%)

Age 60-69

138,471

119,314 (86%)

95,913 (69%)

Age 50-59

147,466

110,500 (75%)

69,933 (47%)

Age 40-49

151,896

105,161 (69%)

42,418 (28%)

Age 30-39

183,246

109,023 (59%)

32,554 (18%)

Age 18-29

189,909

102,589 (54%)

22,293 (12%)

Age 12-17

90,987

50,944 (56%)

2,299 (3%)


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.

All Residents 12+ Eligible for Second Doses
All Saskatchewan residents 12 years and older 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 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 61 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on June 26, bringing the provincial total to 48,706 cases.

The new cases are located in the following zones: Far North West, 10; Far North East, 1; North West, 12; North Central, 3; Saskatoon, 15; Central West, 3; Central East, 1; Regina, 7; South Central, 2; and South East, 6.  One new case is pending residence information.

Six cases with pending residence information have been assigned to the following zones: Far North East, 3; North Central, 1; Central West, 1; and Regina, 1.  One case who tested out of province was added to the Saskatoon zone. Two cases were found to be out-of-province residents and were removed from the count.

One new death was reported today in the 40 to 49 age group from the Regina zone.

Recoveries total 47,543 and 597 cases are considered active.

There are 79 people in hospital. Sixty-nine are receiving inpatient care: North West, 8; North Central, 10; Saskatoon, 31; Central West, 1; Central East, 3; Regina, 14; and South Central, 2.  Ten are in intensive care: North West, 2; North Central, 2; Saskatoon, 4; and Regina, 2.

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case number is 50 (4 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 1,905 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on June 24, 2021.

To date, 911,418 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan. As of June 24 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 767,474 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 959,990.

As of June 25, 12,091 Variants of Concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the following zones: Far North West, 305; Far North Central, 1; Far North East, 85; North West, 801; North Central, 628; North East, 79; Saskatoon, 2,103; Central West, 147; Central East, 648; Regina, 4,792 South West, 399; South Central, 887; and South East, 1,137.  There are 79 screened VOCs with residence pending.

There are no new lineage results reported for Variants of Concern today.  Of the 7,119 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 6,615 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 316 are Gamma (P.1), 178 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 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.