May 20 COVID-19 update: No deaths, 620,236 vaccine doses, 146 new cases, 147 recoveries

Vaccines Reported

An additional 4,777 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 620,236.  

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The 4,777 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following zones: Far North West, 124; Far North Central, 1; Far North East, 22; North West, 487; North Central, 351; North East, 310; Saskatoon, 966; Central West, 450; Central East, 365; Regina, 877; South West, 120; South Central, 178; and South East, 408.  There were 118 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

Seventy-five per cent of those over the age of 40 have received their first dose.  Sixty-eight per cent of those 30+ have received their first dose.  Sixty per cent of those 18+ have received their first dose.

Status of Population Vaccinations, as of May 19, 2021

Group

Estimated
Population

Received
First Dose

Fully Vaccinated

Age 80+

51,307

45,603 (89%)

14,731 (29%)

Age 70-79

79,818

70,069 (88%)

6,134 (8%)

Age 60-69

138,471

113,555 (82%)

6,052 (4%)

Age 50-59

147,466

103,235 (70%)

7,397 (5%)

Age 40-49

151,896

94,092 (62%)

6,339 (4%)

Age 30-39

183,246

86,302 (47%)

6,318 (3%)

Age 18-29

189,909

54,050 (28%)

4,527 (2%)

Age 12-17

90,987

1,747 (2%)

60 (0%)

All vaccine administration details for the province, including first and second doses, can be found at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness.  As the source database for vaccine information, Panorama is subject to continuous data updates which may result in revised counts, day over day.

This week's shipment of 63,180 Pfizer doses has arrived in Saskatchewan.  These doses are now being distributed to Regina, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) South, ISC North, ISC North Battleford, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) Prince Albert, and pharmacies throughout the province. 

Vaccination Booking System Open to Ages 12+

Eligibility in the provincial age-based immunization program expanded today to age 12 and older, achieving the last step in Saskatchewan's age-based first dose immunization program.

All residents ages 12+ may book online at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 or by calling 1-833-SaskVax (1-833-727-5829).  They may also attend a scheduled drive-thru or book at a participating pharmacy.  Additional information on how to book your appointment is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-booking.  Please do not call until you are eligible to book your vaccination appointment.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has scheduled drive-thru and walk-in clinics throughout the province.  For street addresses and hours of operation for these clinics, see www.saskatchewan.ca/drive-thru-vax.

The current list of pharmacies offering vaccinations is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-pharmacies.  Find participating pharmacies near you using the map tool.

There may be clinic options outside your community and residents are encouraged to consider those alternate locations for immunization.  Additional stops should be avoided if possible when travelling to another community for an appointment.  More clinics will be added as new vaccine shipments are received.

There is a vaccination clinic in Drayton, North Dakota where eligible truck drivers and essential energy workers are able to receive their vaccine.  This clinic is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Second Dose Booking Available for Priority Populations

Second dose vaccinations are underway for anyone who is 85 and older or who received their first dose before February 15.  Individuals diagnosed with or being treated for cancer and those who have received solid organ transplants will receive a letter of eligibility in the mail that will allow them priority access to a second dose.

Eligibility to book for second doses is based on age or date of first dose.  Residents who meet at least one of these criteria will be eligible for their second dose.  The following table is a tentative guideline; timelines may change due to vaccine availability.  

Astra Zeneca is not included in this table as we await advice on the use of Astra Zeneca for timing of second doses.

Eligibility for 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Date eligibility changes

Eligible Age

OR

Eligible Based on Date of 1st Dose (on or before)

17-May

85

OR

15-Feb

24-May

80

OR

1-Mar

31-May

70

OR

15-Mar

7-Jun

65

OR

22-Mar

14-Jun

55

OR

7-Apr

21-Jun

45

OR

15-Apr

28-Jun

Eligibility opens based on date of first dose only

 

1-May

5-Jul

15-May

12-Jul

30-May

19-Jul

14-Jun

26-Jul

28-Jun

Second dose vaccinations will be available at participating pharmacies across the province, through the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) drive-thru and walk-in clinics as well as through clinics operated by Indigenous Services Canada and the Northern Inter-tribal Health Authority (NITHA). 

Second dose vaccinations can be booked online or by calling 1-833-SaskVax (1-833-727-5829). Be ready by knowing the date you received your first vaccine.  If you do not know the date or have misplaced the wallet card provided at the time of your first dose, they can provide you with that date, or check your Immunization History on your MySaskHealthRecord account.

During your second dose appointment, the clinic or pharmacy will validate the timing and brand of your first dose to ensure you are receiving your second dose within the recommended timeframe.  The type of vaccine available at each location will be advertised to ensure that you are receiving the same vaccine brand for your second dose.

At this time, public health is planning to offer your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to match the brand of your first dose.  National reviews of the safety and efficacy of interchanging the second dose brand are on-going and the provincial policy on maintaining the same brand for the second dose may be updated following this review.

Daily COVID-19 Statistics

There are 146 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on May 20, bringing the provincial total to 45,128 cases.

The new cases are located in the following zones: Far North West, 2; Far North East, 2; North West, 10; North Central, 11; North East, 1; Saskatoon, 52; Central East, 18; Regina, 26; South West, 2; South Central, 8; and South East, 12.  Two cases are pending residence information.  One case with pending residence information has been assigned to the North West zone.

Recoveries total 42,821 and 1,785 cases are considered active.

There are 138 people in hospital.  One hundred and twelve people are receiving inpatient care: North West, 7; North Central, 7; Saskatoon, 44; Central East, 5; Regina, 42; South West, 1; South Central, 3; and South East, 3.  Twenty-six people are in intensive care: North Central, 2; Saskatoon, 9; and Regina, 15.

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case number is 169 (13.8 new cases per 100,000).  A chart comparing today's average to data collected over the past few months is available at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness/covid-19/seven-day-average-of-new-covid-cases.

There were 3,069 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on May 19, 2021.

To date, 833,697 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of May 18, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 700,532 tests performed per million population. The national rate was 888,144.

As of May 19, 9,687 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the following zones: Far North West, 220; Far North East, 19; North West, 507; North Central, 335; North East, 57; Saskatoon, 1,409; Central West, 101; Central East, 490; Regina, 4,472; South West, 329; South Central, 700; and South East, 989. There are 59 screened VOCs with residence pending.

There are 262 new lineage results reported today.  Of the 4,848 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 4,735 are B.1.1.1.7 (UK), 96 are P.1 (Brazilian), 10 are B.1.351 (SA), and seven are B.1.617 (Indian).  

Confirmed variant of concern cases may appear in both columns on the website, depending on testing for that case.  Adding the cases identified by screening and those that have received whole genome sequencing may result in double-counting individual cases.

Further statistics on the total number of cases among health care workers, breakdowns of total cases by source of infection, age, sex and region, total tests to date, per capita testing rate and current numbers of confirmed variants of concern can be found at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-cases.

Re-Open Saskatchewan Roadmap

Re-opening the province is based on the rapid expansion and delivery of larger volumes of COVID-19 vaccine, with the expectation that all residents in Saskatchewan over the age of 12 will have an opportunity to receive their first dose of vaccine by the end of May 2021.  It will occur in three steps, with approximately three weeks between each step.

The ability to quickly and efficiently Re-Open Saskatchewan will rely on three fundamental principles:

Everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated should be immunized as soon as possible - with the first available vaccine.

The province receives the supply of vaccines it is expecting in a timely manner.

Be patient and follow the public health orders in place.

Find the details of the plan at Saskatchewan.ca/re-open-roadmap.

Don't Let COVID-19 Hitch a Ride Home with You

While Saskatchewan continues to monitor COVID-19 trends throughout the province, public health reminds all residents to ensure any travel both within the province and inter-provincially is for essential purposes only.

If your interprovincial travel is necessary, please be aware of the risk of transmission in those jurisdictions, the public health orders that are in effect there, and plan to be tested immediately upon returning home.

Weekly Reporting of Testing Numbers and Cases for Youth

The trends of COVID-19 cases in school-aged children are being monitored.  The weekly report of cases and testing numbers for children aged 0-19, including data by age and positivity rates, has been posted at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-Safe-Schools-Plan.

General COVID-19 Information

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

Know your risk.  Keep yourself and others safe: www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/about-covid-19/know-your-risk.

 

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