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Released on January 11, 2022
Based on the COVID-19 Vaccination and Breakthrough Infections report for the month of December, COVID-19 vaccinations continue to protect against the more severe COVID-19 illnesses. Of the 4,621 December cases, only 65 (1.4 per cent) cases were hospitalized. Estimated ICU rates were 3.5/100,000 for the unvaccinated and 0.4/100,000 in those with the second dose.
The Ministry of Health has updated the COVID-19 vaccination and breakthrough information for December 1-31. December's report is the first that third/booster dose information has been reported. Note that overall numbers for the third/booster dose information are small in the December report as the booster program was expanded throughout the month.
Note that this vaccination and breakthrough analysis for December is based on cases that were reported in December. This methodology has consistently been utilized for all monthly vaccination and breakthrough reports.
All Saskatchewan residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19. All residents aged 18+ are eligible for a third/booster dose three months following their second dose. Certain individuals with underlying medical conditions aged 12+ are also eligible. Information about Saskatchewan Health Authority vaccine clinics and participating pharmacies is available at saskatchewan.ca/covid-19.
Preserving PCR Testing Capacity
As of December 30, 2021, Saskatchewan residents who receive positive test results from a rapid antigen test are no longer required to seek a confirmatory PCR test. Free rapid antigen tests are available at approximately 600 locations around the province at this time, with Indigenous Services Canada supplying First Nations communities. All residents are encouraged to pick up a rapid antigen test and test themselves and their family as part of COVID-19 surveillance.
Saskatchewan Health Authority PCR testing is available to priority individuals who:
Whether you have received a positive test result through a rapid antigen test or a PCR test, all residents are required to self-isolate and notify their contacts as part of COVID-19 case management protocols. The duration of your self-isolation depends on your vaccination status and symptoms.
If you are deemed a close contact, you may or may not be required to self-isolate, depending on your vaccination status and symptoms.
Get Your PCR Test Results at MySaskHealthRecord (MSHR)
The Saskatchewan Health Authority continues to use auto-notification for PCR test results for those receiving notifications via text message. Test results may be posted to MySaskHealthRecord earlier and all residents are encouraged to set up an MSHR account for test results and to access their vaccination records for proof of vaccination requirements.
Public Health Orders Will Be Enforced
For the weeks of December 27 and January 3, the provincial COVID enforcement team issued a number of summary office tickets for failure to abide by the current public health orders:
Note that under The Health Information and Privacy Act, the Ministry of Health cannot disclose the names of individuals who have received fines.
UPDATE: In this January 11 release, two churches and one business were included as having received fines: Kindersley Church in Kindersley, Holy Family Catholic Church in Regina, and Central Avenue Hair Studio in Swift Current. Those summary offense tickets were issued to individuals at or near those locations and not to employees or the people responsible for the churches and business themselves. They should not have been included in the release. The process by which fines will be reported has been improved to ensure that such public reports are not made in error. The Ministry of Health apologizes to those churches and Central Avenue Hair Studio for the error.
COVID-19 Summary for January 11, 2022:
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