Fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are coming into the province than initially expected, but the Government of Saskatchewan is making progress in the initial phase of its vaccination plan.
“We could get absolutely more vaccinations done, more quickly, if and when the federal government provides us with more doses,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said during Wednesday’s provincial update.
To date, Saskatchewan has received 13,675 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, however, only 4,524 doses have been administered, including only 48 out of 4,900 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
The province said the slower rollout, specifically with the Moderna vaccine, is due to challenges with delivering it in remote locations of northern Saskatchewan.
“The logistical piece is extremely complicated and is being managed with great thought to make sure that we minimize wastage and distribute in a way that the vaccine is there when you need it,” Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.
PFIZER VACCINE ROLLOUT
The Government of Saskatchewan said it has begun administering second doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Regina, while both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines continue to be rolled out across the province.
Saskatchewan has received a total 8,775 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, as of Jan. 6.
Those totals include 3,900 doses in Regina and 4,875 in Saskatoon.
The pilot phase in Regina has completed its first dose with 2,069 people receiving the vaccine, which is more than the 1,950 that were initially scheduled to receive the shot.
“By carefully measuring and administrating the exact dosage in each shot, our healthcare workers were actually able to do 2,069 first doses,” Merriman said.
Those people have now started receiving their second doses of the vaccine.
Health officials in Saskatoon have administered 98 per cent of first doses, with 2,407 people vaccinated to date.
Second doses are scheduled to begin in Saskatoon on Jan. 11.
Merriman said the province was required to hold the first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the pilot phase rather than using them all as first doses.
“The manufacturer and the Public Health Agency of Canada required us to hold back the second shots, going forward, we will no longer be doing that,” he said.
The province said Prince Albert received 3,900 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday. Vaccinations in the area are expected to begin shortly after delivery.
The first priority groups in Prince Albert include health care workers and long-term care staff and residents.
The Government of Saskatchewan said 6,825 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered each week, between January 11 and 25. This includes deliveries to Saskatoon and area on Jan. 11, Regina and area on Jan. 18 and North Battleford and area on Jan. 25.
An ultra low temperature freezer from the University of Regina is being moved to North Battleford to hold doses for priority populations in the north east zone.
The province received 4,900 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 28, which have been allocated to northern Saskatchewan.
The far north central zone will receive 710 doses, the far north west zone will receive 1,370 doses, the far north east zone will receive 1,450 doses and the north east zone will receive 1,370 doses.
First priority of the Moderna vaccine will go to eligible priority health care workers, long term care residents and staff; and residents over the age of 80.
The province said the whole allotment of the Moderna vaccine will be used for first doses.
An additional 5,300 doses are expected to be delivered to the province during the week off Jan. 11. Locations where those additional doses will be delivered are being determined.
“Now that we know that we’re getting a set amount every week for Pfizer, every two weeks for Moderna, we don’t have to hold back the second dose,” Dr. Shahab said.
COVID: Less than 200 cases, 2 deaths in Manitoba Saturday – CHVN Radio
According to Public health officials, there have been 180 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths in the province.
The deaths include a male in his 70s from the Rural East District in Southern Health-Santé Sud, and a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg Health Region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.2%. As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 180 new cases of the virus have been identified bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,322.
Of the 180 new cases announced Saturday, 10 are in Southern Health. One of those is in Steinbach and four are in the Niverville/Ritchot Health District.
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
- 10 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region.
- 69 cases in the Northern health region.
- Eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
- 10 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region.
- 83 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
- 2,986 active cases and 23,575 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.
- There are 122 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 161 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 283 hospitalizations.
- There are 19 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients.
- The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 761. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,043 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 450,104. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school, or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear.
Manitobans should only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places, and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.
2 deaths, 180 COVID-19 cases announced in Manitoba Saturday – Global News
Manitoba public health officials confirm two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported.
The deaths are a man in his 70s from Southern Health-Santé Sud and a man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.2 per cent provincially and 7 per cent in Winnipeg.
As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 180 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba has risen to 27,322.
The new cases are in the following regions:
- 10 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
- 69 cases in the Northern health region
- eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
- 10 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
- 83 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows there are 2,986 active cases and 23,575 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.
There are 122 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 161 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 283 hospitalizations.
COVID-19 cases rising in the north
There are 19 people being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units, as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 36 ICU patients.
The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 761. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,043 tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 450,104.
An outbreak has been declared at Lynn Lake Hospital in northwestern Manitoba. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the Pandemic Response System.
The outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital, 4U4-7 in Winnipeg is now declared over.
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Local epidemiologist Cynthia Carr says while it has been challenging to follow health restrictions, it has made a difference.
“These restrictions and the work we have done together really does matter on the serious of levels. working together we have saved almost 2,000 lives. It might have been 1,700, 1,800 or 1,600 but the reality is it mattered,” she said.
And while our numbers remain steady for now, there are still obstacles in certain regions — particularly the North.
Carr says if the pandemic hasn’t ripped the issue of housing wide open in other areas, she doesn’t know what will.
“This is an ongoing challenge. When I go to a community and do community health assessments and I talk to leadership about health, they won’t say we need a fancy hospital, X-ray machines, etc., one of the first things will be the foundation of housing.”
She says infrastructure is absolutely related to health, and it hasn’t been attended to in our northern communities.
–With files from Anya Nazeravich
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
One of Canada's oldest seniors, at 110 years old, gets COVID-19 vaccine at Surrey care home – Cowichan Valley Citizen
JaHyung Lee, a resident at a Newton care home, received his COVID-19 vaccine at the age of 110.
Amenida Seniors Community said in a news release that residents at the facility received the first dose of their vaccines on Thursday (Jan. 14). JaHyung Lee is one of Canada’s oldest seniors to be inoculated.
The second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be administered “in the coming weeks.”
“We are extremely lucky that we have received enough supplies to vaccinate all of our residents in care,” said Rosa Park, general manager at Amenida.
“As many of our seniors are elderly and require complex care, we can feel safer knowing that the virus won’t be spreading within our community.”
A reporter with the Now-Leader attended Lee’s 109th birthday in 2019. He was born on Aug. 27, 1910.
Meantime, Fraser Health says it has completed 151 vaccine clinics for long-term care and assisted living in the health region.
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