Residents and staff at long-term care homes in northern Saskatchewan as well as other high priority healthcare workers will soon be getting inoculated against COVID-19.
On Wednesday, the province announced the first Moderna vaccines have arrived and are on their way to the north as the province continues with its vaccination program. It is expected those shots will start being administered beginning next week.
Provincial chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says the vaccines are headed to that area of the province because that is where high case numbers and high test-positive numbers have been seen.
Health Minister Paul Merriman also indicated more Pfizer vaccines are to arrive and head to Prince Albert. He says that while the vaccination program is proceeding well at this time, some clarity is needed from Ottawa moving forward.
“While our vaccination program has been going well so far, these are still relatively small numbers of vaccines that we have received from the federal government,” Merriman said. “We expect the federal government to begin receiving and distributing much larger numbers of vaccines early in the new year.”
Merriman is also encouraged by the recent numbers we are seeing which show things moving downward. On Wednesday, the active case count dropped to below 3,000 for the first time since November 24 and that the seven-day daily average which stood at 292 on December 12 is now at 152. While saying that is a positive, Merriman admits the amount of people being tested has not been as high as normal because of the holidays.
While the vaccination program has started, it will still be a while before the general public is eligible to have their shot. Shahab says with that being the case, the vigilance must continue.
“While the vaccine is essential to protect the most vulnerable and as vaccine supplies will improve over March, April and May.” Shahab said. “It’s really important that we continue practicing all of the good things we have been doing so far.”
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B.C.’s demographic makeup of those contracting COVID-19 is changing – infecting younger people than at the height of the pandemic – as the second wave drags on across the country.
That’s according to the latest B.C. Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 situation report, released weekly, which shows a breakdown of various aspects of how the infection is taking hold in the province.
The report shows that while overall hospitalizations have fallen in the past few weeks, young people battling the virus in hospital has increased.
In the week of Jan. 3 to 9, two children from birth to age 10 were admitted into the intensive care unit due to COVID-19. Three youth between 10 and 19 years of age were also admitted into the ICU. In the same time period, 36 children under the age of 10 were hospitalized, as well as 31 more who are between 10 and 19 years old.
Meanwhile, adults aged 20 to 39 makeup a disproportionate percentage of COVID-19 cases – 41 per cent of all cases but 28 per cent of the population, the report shows. Of those infected with the respiratory disease, 285 landed in hospital, a further 62 in ICU.
The increase in cases among young people has had an impact on the median age for reported cases, dropping from 56 years old in the first wave to 37 years old as of Jan. 9.
Median age of hospitalizations has stayed relatively stable, at 66 years old and 86 years old, respectively.
No deaths of anyone under the age of 30 have been reported in B.C. since the coronavirus touched down in the province almost a year ago. Four people aged 30 to 39 have died, while 90 per cent of all deaths are of those aged 70 and older – many connected to long-term care homes.
Roughly 65 per cent of total deaths have happened in November and December.
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TABIB discusses side effects of COVID-19 vaccine – MENAFN.COM
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Each vaccine has side effects including headache, mild fever, and sometimes weakness. Initially selected inactivated COVID-19 vaccine has fewer side effects, said Chairman of the Board of the Azerbaijani Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) Ramin Bayramli in an interview with “Khazar” TV channel, Trend reports.
Bayramli added that the vaccines used in Azerbaijan have been administered to more than one million doctors in Turkey, with no side effects found
“Each vaccine brought to our country is accepted only after laboratory tests, namely, it undergoes a two-week analysis in the laboratories of the pharmaceutical institution of the Turkish Ministry of Health. We have official information about the successful completion of all tests. As agreed, other lots of vaccine will be delivered in the same way”, he said.
According to him, each person is monitored for 30 minutes after vaccination.
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Pfizer vaccine delay expected to cause 60000-dose shortfall in B.C., but only temporarily – CTV News Vancouver
Health officials in British Columbia are expecting a shortfall of about 60,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine over the coming weeks as a result of the company’s previously announced delays.
That’s about half of the doses the province was expecting to receive over that period.
But provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed Monday that B.C. expects increased shipments in March to make up for those missed doses, and that the province is “still on track” to vaccinate its most vulnerable residents before April.
What the delay means for now is that a “higher proportion” of the province’s vaccine will be going to second doses, Henry added.
“We spent quite a lot of time over this past weekend working through how we could make it work, and then stay true to our commitment to getting those second doses into people as soon as logistically possible,” she said.
The provincial health officer also noted that B.C. was expecting potential delays, and was prepared to pivot as necessary.
“The program continues. Our focus continues to be on immunizing all people who are at the greatest risk, and that includes residents and staff who work in long-term care homes around the province,” Henry said.
As of Monday, 87,346 people have received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine across British Columbia. The province received 46,675 doses over the past week, including 28,275 Pfizer doses and 18,400 Moderna doses, but is expecting decreased shipments into February.
Henry described the Pfizer issues as a “slight delay,” but stressed that the province still intends to dramatically expand the scope of its immunization program in April to include new demographics.
In the meantime, she urged residents to do their best to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the same precautions and rules they have been for months.
“We have the tools and it is in our control,” Henry added. “Let’s show each other that we remain committed to doing our part to protect our seniors and elders who have not yet had the vaccine.”
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