Released on October 19, 2021
Starting October 25, the COVID-19 vaccination booster program will be expanded. COVID-19 boosters will be administered at least six months after the second dose was received for the following groups:
- Individuals aged 65 years and older.
- Individuals living in the Far North and those living on First Nation communities, aged 50 years and older.
- Health care workers, who will be asked to present a copy of their license from their professional licensing body or a workplace pay stub at the point of immunization. Saskatchewan Health Authority staff will be required to present their staff identification.
- Individuals born in 2009 or earlier with underlying health conditions that are clinically extremely vulnerable including:
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections, such as homozygous sickle cell disease
- People who had their spleen removed
- Adults with very significant developmental disabilities that increase risk, such as Down's Syndrome
- Adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
- Significant neuromuscular conditions requiring respiratory support
Those with the above underlying medical conditions, the Ministry of Health will be providing a letter to your physician or nurse practitioner for presentation at the point of immunization.
Immunization record will be confirmed at the clinic or pharmacy location to ensure that it has been at least six months since your last COVID-19 vaccination.
It is recommended that if you received two doses of a mRNA vaccine, your booster dose should be the same vaccine type. If you received two different vaccine types, your third dose should be the matching mRNA vaccine -- a full dose of the type of vaccine an individual received for their second dose will be given as a booster dose. If you received two doses of Astra Zeneca, it is recommended that you receive an mRNA vaccine booster immunization.
If you have already received a third dose for travel or in a long-term care or personal-care home setting, you do not require a fourth dose. The third dose already received provides the necessary increased protection; you do not need any further doses at this time.
The eligible populations announced today will be able to start booking their third doses online through the SHA Online Booking System, receiving the vaccine at clinics or through a pharmacy as of October 25. These eligible groups will not be added to the online registration system, or be able to book an appointment at a clinic or pharmacy until that date.
Additional populations eligible for booster vaccinations will be announced in the coming weeks, once the populations announced today have received their third doses.
A list of those populations already eligible to receive third doses in Saskatchewan including residents 80 and older, is available at Saskatchewan.ca/covid-19.
Out of Province Patient Transfers
To date, the Saskatchewan Health Authority has transferred one intensive care patient to Ontario with two more in the process of transfer today. These transfers are the result of the prolonged period of high demand on Saskatchewan's ICUs which has an impact on the quality and availability of critical care. The number of transfers being scheduled for tomorrow is still being finalized.
The number of Saskatchewan patients out of province will be reported daily in the highlights report on the provincial COVID-19 dashboard on the Active Cases page.
Selection of patients for transport involves a number of factors. A clinical team performs a daily assessment of all patients and will carefully match each patient to an appropriate available bed. The team will also consider the local and overall system capacity at the time the assessments are being made. Patients selected for transfer will be those that are medically stable and appropriate for transfer. A highly skilled care team will accompany them throughout the duration of the transfer.
COVID-19 Summary for October 19, 2021:
- From October 13 - 19, 23,495 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 1,627,570.
- As of October 19, 84 per cent of those 12+ have received their first dose and 75 per cent of those 12+ are fully vaccinated.
- There were 2,232 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan from October 13 - 19, bringing the provincial total to 74,940 cases. There were 3,186 recoveries recorded during the same period.
- The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan is currently 319 (26.5 per 100,000).
- Forty new deaths were reported October 13 - 19.
- There were 563 new lineage results reported for October 13 - 19.
- As of October 19, there are 335 people in hospital: 252 are receiving inpatient care and 83 are in intensive care. Two hundred and fifty-one of the people in hospital (75 per cent) are not fully vaccinated. In addition, one ICU patient has been transferred to Ontario.
- From October 13 - 19, there were 19,337 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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