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Released on September 7, 2021
Nearly 84 per cent of all new cases and hospitalizations in Saskatchewan in August were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people. While serious COVID-19 outcomes continue to be higher for unvaccinated populations, the risk of breakthrough infections rises with increases in transmission. All Saskatchewan residents who are eligible for immunization need to receive both doses as soon as they are able.
The Ministry of Health has updated the COVID-19 vaccination and breakthrough information for August 1-31, 2021. Highlights include:
Of the 4,596 cases reported in August 2021, 17.3 per cent (793) were aged 11 years or younger. Of the 189 individuals who were hospitalized, 5.3 per cent (10) were aged 19 years or younger and 3.2 per cent (six) were under 12 years with one under 12 years admitted to ICU.
At this point in time, there are no COVID-19 vaccines approved for children under 12. All residents 12+ are encouraged to be fully vaccinated to afford these groups the best circle of protection possible.
Transmissible diseases like COVID-19 are opportunistic: they will spread to and among under- and unvaccinated populations. It's critical that all eligible Saskatchewan residents get vaccinated.
Moderna available to 12-17 year olds
Moderna has been approved by Health Canada for youth ages 12-17 years. Like Pfizer, Saskatchewan residents will see Moderna offered to youth turning 12 years of age by December 31, 2021 and older, as part of the COVID-19 vaccination program.
COVID-19 "boosters" for long term, personal care, and select immuno-compromised residents
Starting today, eligible vulnerable populations will be eligible to receive a third dose of an mRNA vaccine "booster" to ensure a robust immune system response. This includes residents of long-term care and personal care homes; transplant recipients (solid organ transplant, islet cell, tissue and hematopoietic stem cell transplants); recipients in stable, active treatment for malignant, hematologic disorders (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy); and recipients of an anti-CD20 immunosuppressive drugs (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab).
The required interval for boosters is 28 days after the second dose of an mRNA vaccine.
Details on additional, eligible populations will be available in the next few weeks, after this at-risk group is completed.
COVID-19 Summary for September 7, 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
A map of participating pharmacies across the province is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-pharmacies.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is holding pop-up and walk-in vaccination clinics throughout the province, targeting under- and unvaccinated communities. Details on clinic locations and times is listed on the SHA website. Please note clinics are subject to change based on demand, weather, etc. Any changes to clinic hours and location will be updated online.
Living With COVID-19
For guidance on Living with COVID-19, including the requirements for self-isolation if you have a positive COVID-19 test, expectations around masking, information for businesses and workplaces and the visitation requirements for acute care as well as long term care and personal care homes, go to https://www.saskatchewan.ca/living-with-covid.
General COVID-19 Information
General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.
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