Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces.
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Released on October 26, 2021
People trust their family physicians to guide their health care decisions and supporting conversations on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines can only protect more residents during the pandemic.
Work is underway to expand COVID-19 vaccine available through physician offices throughout the province. Allowing physicians the option of having COVID-19 vaccine available in their offices on a regular basis will increase accessibility for patients, increase vaccination rates and reduce COVID-19 transmission.
The Ministry of Health is implementing new temporary fee codes to compensate physicians for counselling unvaccinated patients in their office while they are there for another service. There is also a new fee code to compensate participating physicians for providing vaccinations in their office.
The Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) will be working with interested physicians to provide vaccine in the coming weeks.
To keep trick-or-treaters safe this year, remember young children have not yet been vaccinated. If you are not feeling well, do not hand out candy. If you are handing out candy, stick to individually wrapped, store-bought treats.
Other tips for trick-or-treaters:
It continues to be public health's recommendation that you only gather with vaccinated people and to keep your overall contacts low. The current public health order requiring masking and proof of vaccination or negative testing in public places is currently in place and are required at events and venues who will be hosting Halloween events.
Public Health Orders Will Be Enforced
Public health orders are lawful requirements made under legislative and regulatory authority. If public masking or proof of vaccination or negative test requirements are applicable to a business or venue, and it is a business's intention to permit access to their facility without proof of either vaccination or testing, the business will be in violation of the public health order and could be subject to a summary offence ticket.
The week of October 17, SHA public health inspectors issued three fines in Lloydminster: two individual fines of $2,800 for failure to mask and one summary offense ticket to Manhattan Inn Ltd. of $14,000 for failure to screen for proof of vaccination or negative test. Also the week of October 17, an individual fine of $2,800 was issued to a resident of Vawn, Saskatchewan for failure to screen for proof of vaccination or negative test.
Note that under the Health Information and Privacy Act, the Ministry of Health cannot disclose the names of individuals who have received fines.
Receiving a booster dose? Update your QR code.
Booster dose information will be included in your MySaskHealthRecord vaccine certificate; however, if you generated your COVID-19 vaccination record QR code following your second dose of vaccine, you will be required to regenerate a new QR code after your booster dose if you wish it to show you have received the booster.
Once generated, QR codes are static and need to be updated when your vaccination status changes. You can access your MySaskHealthRecord account and generate a new QR code after receiving any COVID-19 vaccine, to ensure your record is up-to-date.
Please note that booster shots do not impact Saskatchewan's definition of fully vaccinated. You are considered fully-vaccinated 14 days after receiving the second of two doses of an mRNA (Pfizer, Moderna) or AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
COVID-19 Summary for October 26, 2021:
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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