Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces. 

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COVID-19 Vaccination Remains Best Protection Against Serious Illness

Released on November 9, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination and Breakthrough Information for October Released

Based on the COVID-19 Vaccination and Breakthrough Infections report for the month of October, the rate of hospitalization was 85/100,000 cases for those who were unvaccinated versus 15/100,000 for those fully vaccinated. The rate for ICU admissions was 21/100,000 for the unvaccinated versus 2/100,000 for the fully vaccinated.  The rate for COVID-19 deaths was 13/100,000 for the unvaccinated versus 3/100,000 for the fully vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine is not a cure.  It will not prevent every COVID-19 transmission.  It will reduce the risk of transmission and, when transmission occurs, reduce the risk of serious illness and death.

The Ministry of Health has updated the COVID-19 vaccination and breakthrough information for October 1-31.  Highlights include:

  • Of the 10,018 cases reported in October, 7,370 (73.6 per cent) were unvaccinated or tested positive within three weeks of receiving their first vaccination.  Five hundred and eighty cases (5.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated with one dose, while 2,648 cases (26.4 per cent) were fully vaccinated. Of the 2,648 cases with a second dose, 22.8 per cent (604) had comorbid conditions and 22.5 per cent (595) were 65 years and older.
  • Of the 461 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, 352 (76.4 per cent) were unvaccinated or tested positive within three weeks of receiving their first vaccination. Thirty-three cases (7.2 per cent) were partially vaccinated with one dose, while 109 cases (23.6 per cent) were fully vaccinated.
  • Of the 461 individuals hospitalized in October, six were 12-19 years and 17 were 11 years and younger.
  • Of the 98 individuals admitted to ICU, 85 (86.7 per cent) were unvaccinated or tested positive within three weeks of receiving their first vaccination. Six cases (6.1 per cent) were partially vaccinated with one dose, while 13 cases (13.3 per cent) were fully vaccinated.
  • Of the 98 individuals admitted to ICU, three were 12-19 years and four were 11 years and younger. 
  • Among the cases reported in October, 78 individuals passed away; 53 were unvaccinated or less than three weeks after their first vaccination. 

All vaccination and breakthrough data reports are available in the COVID-19 vaccination information at Saskatchewan.ca.

Note that this vaccination and breakthrough analysis for October is based on cases that were reported in October.  This methodology has consistently been utilized for all monthly vaccination and breakthrough reports.

Service Resumption Planning
On November 3, aggressive targets were established for returning health care staff who have been redeployed to their home positions by the end of November, resuming many community services impacted by the fourth wave.  Additional information on how these targets and the associated service resumptions by Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) service area is now available.

Supporting Contact Tracing 
The Government of Saskatchewan has approved measures to support COVID-19 case and contact management, enacting provisions within The Disease Control Regulations to allow non-licensed providers to complete public health case investigation processes under clinical supervision.  The order provides the SHA with the authority to supplement their workforce to complete non-clinical case, contact and outbreak investigation processes. 

Negative Test Requirements Following a COVID-19 Infection
The public health order issued September 30 requires individuals show proof of vaccination or a negative test result in order to access designated venues and activities.  This is a requirement for everyone, including those who have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection. 

Vaccination remains the best long-term protection against COVID-19. Even if you have contracted COVID-19, you should be vaccinated as it provides superior and lasting protection compared to the immune response generated after infection alone.  The strength and longevity of natural immunity is not yet well established compared to vaccine immunity and the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in previously infected patients has been well established.

Individuals who have recently been infected with COVID-19 will still be required to provide proof of vaccination. For those who have fully recovered, rapid antigen testing providers should be the testing source for proof of a negative test result.

Although better at detecting COVID-19, PCR tests may produce false positive results in previously infected individuals for up to 90 days, post infection.  Rapid antigen tests are less likely to produce a false positive result following recovery from infection.

If you are symptomatic, stay home and arrange for a PCR test at an SHA testing site near you.  Self-isolate until you have received your test results and, if positive, follow the self-isolation requirements until the symptoms resolve. 

If seeking negative test results for the purposes of travel, be aware of the requirements of the jurisdiction that you are travelling to. 

COVID-19 Summary for November 9, 2021:

  • From November 3 - 9, 18,244 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,688,992.
  • As of November 9, 86 per cent of those 12+ have received their first dose and 80 per cent of those 12+ are fully vaccinated.
  • There were 1,019 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan from November 3 - 9, bringing the provincial total to 78,910 cases. There were 1,398 recoveries recorded during the same period.
  • The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan is currently 146 (12.1 per 100,000).
  • Fifteen new deaths were reported November 3 - 9.
  • There were 509 new lineage results reported for November 3 - 9.
  • As of November 9, there are 193 people in hospital: 142 are receiving inpatient care and 51 are in intensive care. One hundred and twenty-eight of the people in hospital (66.3 per cent) are not fully vaccinated. In addition, 15 residents are in out-of-province ICU's.
  • Since October 22, 11 monoclonal antibody infusion treatments have been delivered.
  • From November 3 - 9, there were 14,075 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan.

Daily provincial COVID-19 statistics by age, date and geographic zones including active cases, recoveries, confirmed variants of concern and vaccination information can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-cases.

Stick it to COVID - Get Your Vaccination

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is holding vaccination clinics throughout the province.  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

COVID-19 vaccinations are also available at most SHA operated flu shot clinics, so residents can receive both flu and COVID-19 vaccinations at the same time and location.  The COVID-19 vaccinations can be booked using the same online flu shot appointment tool (www.4flu.ca) or by telephone at 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829).  If you need both a COVID and flu shot, only one appointment is needed.  Health staff are trained to offer both vaccines to those eligible.

General COVID-19 Information

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

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