Stick it to COVID: 80 Per Cent of Eligible Saskatchewan Residents Fully Vaccinated

Press Release

As of November 8, 80 per cent of eligible Saskatchewan residents have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

As vaccination rates have increased, the number of new cases in Saskatchewan has gone down.  The seven-day average of new cases is now 149, 70 per cent lower than its peak in late September, shortly after the proof of vaccination policy was introduced.

“Saskatchewan’s proof of vaccination policy has increased our COVID-19 vaccination rates the last few weeks, and I appreciate every person who made the choice to protect themselves and their loved ones against serious COVID-19 illness, particularly those under twelve who are unable to be vaccinated at this time,” Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman said.  “COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe, effective, and the best tool available to us to drive transmission rates down in the province.”

COVID-19 vaccinations need to continue, achieving the highest possible rates province-wide in order to reduce community transmission. This will protect children who cannot currently be vaccinated and those at highest risk for serious illness, as well as preserve health care capacity with planning for service resumption underway.

Public health officials continue to recommend all eligible residents be immunized, as there is variance in regional vaccination rates which will continue to contribute to community transmission of COVID-19.  Information on vaccination rates by geographic zones is available daily at the COVID-19 dashboard.

Know Your Booster Eligibility

Many Saskatchewan residents are now eligible for booster and third doses.  If you are 65 and older, 50 years and older in northern and First Nations communities, a health care worker or have a significant health condition, check when you received your second dose.  Learn more about eligibility for booster and third doses at Saskatchewan.ca/covid-19.

Vaccinations and Children Five to 11 Years

With the approval of vaccines for children ages five to 11 years, this population will be included in the provincial vaccination rate calculations.  Following Health Canada’s approval and distribution of child vaccines to Saskatchewan, details on vaccination clinics will be announced.

Children can contract and transmit COVID-19.  While the risk of serious illness and death due to COVID-19 appears lower in younger age groups, serious illness can still occur including symptoms associated with long COVID.

If you are a parent and unsure about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact your family physician or primary health care provider.  Billions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines worldwide; they are safe, effective and provide better protection against the most serious health effects of COVID-19 than the immune response generated by contracting COVID-19.

Stick it to COVID – Get Your Vaccination

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is holding vaccination clinics throughout the province.  Watch for details on clinic locations and times are listed on the SHA website.   Any changes to clinic hours and location will be updated online.

A map of pharmacies participating in COVID-19 vaccinations is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-pharmacies.

General COVID-19 Information

General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Health
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4083
Email: media@health.gov.sk.ca

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