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Sask. premier unveils mass vaccination venue in Regina – CBC.ca

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The Saskatchewan government unveiled its first mass vaccination location Thursday.

The facility is at the International Trade Centre at Regina’s Evraz Place, the same area where COVID-19 testing has been offered for months. It will feature a large indoor area and a drive-thru option. It is set to open in April.

“I am confident that Saskatchewan is well prepared to rapidly deliver immunizations when we start to receive adequate supplies of vaccine, and Regina’s mass immunization clinic is a great example of how we are ready to deliver,” Premier Scott Moe said in a news release Thursday.

The provincial vaccination plan includes several mass immunization clinics like the one in Regina.

“This is an all-hands on deck priority for our government as we work to help our residents stay healthy, prevent illness and saves lives,” Saskatchewan Minister of Health Paul Merriman said in the release.

So far, Saskatchewan’s vaccination program is in its first phase, giving priority to some health-care workers, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, people over 70 and residents over 50 in northern and remote areas. 

Mass vaccination of everyone else is scheduled to begin when Phase 2 kicks in this spring. The province said each vaccination table in the facility will be able to administer six or seven vaccines per hour. At full capacity, there will be 30 immunization tables running.

The Regina drive-thru site is expected to be able to administer 19 vaccines per hour. 

Shots are set to be given out in hundreds of locations.

“This [Regina] mass immunization clinic is one of 226 sites which includes nearly 150 mass clinics along with mobile clinics and drive-thru clinics to be located across the province,” information from a news release reads.

The province said more details on other clinic locations and hours of operation will be released when Phase 2 of the vaccine plan begins.

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Quebec reports 749 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths as province expands vaccine access – CityNews Montreal

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MONTREAL – Quebec is reporting 749 new cases of COVID-19 today along with 10 new deaths linked to the virus.

The province also says it administered 19,865 doses of vaccine on Friday as its vaccination campaign ramps up.

The latest vaccination figures, the highest the province has reported in a single day so far, come as Quebec opens vaccine eligibility to more people.

To date, provincial figures show 532,012 doses of vaccine have been administered out of a total of 638,445 that the province received.

Quebec reported 601 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 today, a decrease of 16 from the day before.

The number of people hospitalized includes 109 people in intensive care, down by two.

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New Brunswick reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, possible exposure at Miramichi school – Global News

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New Brunswick health officials reported six new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday.

Two of the new cases were in the Saint John region and one was in the Fredericton region. All three of these are travel-related, the province says.

One case in the Edmundston region is under investigation. Two other cases in the Miramichi region are close contacts of previously reported cases.

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A mass testing clinic was set up to determine the spread of the virus in the Miramichi zone. It is being held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the gymnasium of the Dr. Losier Middle School in Miramichi.

“This is available for individuals who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 but want to be tested,” the province said in a release.

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“Screening tests will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Asymptomatic people do not need to self-isolate while awaiting results, unless advised to do so by Public Health.”

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New Brunswickers with symptoms are required to book an appointment to get tested.

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The province says a total of 1,601 tests of asymptomatic individuals were completed at the site in the last two days.

“Test results being completed at the microbiology laboratory at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton will take 24 to 48 hours to process.”


Possible exposure at Gretna Green Elementary

Health officials say a possible exposure to a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Gretna Green Elementary School in Miramichi.

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The province says the school community has been notified and public health is conducting contact tracing.

“If you or a family member have been in close contact with a case, you will be notified by Public Health for contact tracing.

“If you do not hear directly from Public Health, you have not been identified as a close contact.”

The province says Gretna Green has been closed all week for March break.


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To date, New Brunswick has confirmed 1,453 cases of COVID-19 and has seen 1,389 recoveries.

There have been 28 deaths linked to the virus. As of Saturday, three patients are hospitalized and two are in intensive care.

Friday, 1,642 tests for COVID-19 were conducted for a total of 233,878 since the pandemic began.

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In addition, all of the provinces health zones are gearing up to transition back to the yellow phase of COVID-19 recovery at midnight on Sunday.

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COVID-19 vaccines could be available to the general public in Kingston in May, top doctor predicts – CTV Edmonton

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KINGSTON —
As new COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Kingston, the city’s top doctor is hopeful everyone in the region will have access to the vaccine by May.

Medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore confirmed to CTV News Ottawa on Saturday, that with Canada now being the first country to approve a fourth vaccine, he believes inoculation of the general public could begin in two months.

With vaccinations in the city’s long-term care homes beginning only in mid-January, it was a slow start to Kingston’s vaccination campaign, but Moore says the effort will ramp-up now.

“We’ve reached 10,000 individuals with doses given of vaccine,” he says. “We‘ve had a very aggressive week this week of trying to get doses into arms.”

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington’s Public Health remains in phase one of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with immunization still under way for long-term care home residents and frontline healthcare workers. 

Starting next week, hundreds more a day will be vaccinated in a pilot project that will see pharmacists administering doses.

“I do think anyone who wants access will be offered the vaccine will be offered it very, very quickly and I think we’ll have robust heard immunity over the next several months,” said Moore of the roll out during a press conference on Thursday.

Demand for the vaccine in the region is high, and public health has been flooded with calls asking to book an appointment for the shot. Health officials warn they can’t book appointments for those who aren’t yet eligible, and there is no waiting list.

They advise waiting to be contacted when it’s your turn.

Andrew Vanoverbeke says getting the vaccine will mean his two-year-old daughter will be able to see her grandparents.

“We’re doing the Zoom and stuff but it’s not the same as being able to give hugs and just play. It’s really hard,” Vanoverbeke says. “I’m excited about it. And the sooner the better for us.”

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