May 28 COVID-19 update: Two deaths, 693,625 vaccinations, 122 new cases, 131 recoveries

Vaccines Delivered

An additional 14,351 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 693,625.  

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The 14,351 doses of COVID-19 vaccine reported today were administered to residents living in the following zones: Far North West, 256; Far North Central, 2; Far North East, 130; North West, 627; North Central, 772; North East, 581; Saskatoon, 4,648; Central West, 537; Central East, 1,359; Regina, 3,553; South West, 354; South Central, 474; and South East, 782.  There were 276 doses administered with zone of residence pending.

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

Status of Population Vaccinations, as of May 26, 2021

Group

Estimated
Population

Received
First Dose

Fully Vaccinated

Age 80+

51,307

46,127 (90%)

24,918 (49%)

Age 70-79

79,818

70,506 (88%)

8,190 (10%)

Age 60-69

138,471

114,891 (83%)

7,257 (5%)

Age 50-59

147,466

105,317 (71%)

8,318 (6%)

Age 40-49

151,896

97,582 (64%)

7,049 (5%)

Age 30-39

183,246

95,417 (52%)

6,934 (4%)

Age 18-29

189,909

77,793 (41%)

4,972 (3%)

Age 12-17

90,987

18,201 (20%)

84 (0%)

All vaccine administration details for the province, including first and second doses, can be found at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness.

Saskatchewan has a confirmed Moderna allocation for the weeks of May 31 (12,400 doses) and June 7 (3,000 doses). 

Second Dose Booking Available for those Vaccinated on or before March 1

Second dose vaccinations are underway for anyone who is 80 and older or who received their first dose before March 1.  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:

Eligibility for 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Age

OR

1st Dose Date 
(on or before)

Eligible for 2nd Dose (on or after)

80+

OR

March 1

May 24

70+

OR

March 15

May 31

65+

OR

March 22

June 7

55+

OR

April 7

June 14

45+

OR

April 15

June 21

Eligibility determined by date of first dose only

May 1

June 28

May 15

July 5

May 30

July 12

June 14

July 19

June 28

July 26

AstraZeneca Second Doses

At this time AstraZeneca is only available for second doses for individuals who received AstraZeneca for their first dose and who are over the age of 85 or cancer patients, solid organ transplant patients, or patients receiving treatment with Rituximab and Ocrelizumab, who received a letter.  These individuals will be contacted for an appointment.  Guidance on the administration of AstraZeneca second doses for the general population will be provided prior to the recommended 12-week interval between doses, which begins the second week of June.

Second dose vaccination appointments can be booked through the Saskatchewan Health Authority online at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 or by calling 1-833-SaskVax (1-833-727-5829).

A map of participating pharmacies across the province is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-pharmacies.  This online tool now includes links to pharmacy booking websites and provides details on the vaccine brand being offered at each location.

For street addresses and hours of operation for drive-thru and walk-in clinics, see www.saskatchewan.ca/drive-thru-vax.

Please do not call until you are eligible to book your vaccination appointment.  If you do not know the date of your first dose or have misplaced the wallet card provided at the time of your first dose, 1-833-SaskVax can provide you with that date, or check your Immunization History on your MySaskHealthRecord account.

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.

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.

Additional information on how to book your appointment is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine-booking.

Daily COVID-19 Statistics

There are 122 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan on May 28, bringing the provincial total to 46,285 cases.  

Two new deaths are being reported today.  One death in the 70-79 age group from the Saskatoon zone and one death in the 80+ age group from the North West zone.

The new cases are located in the following zones: Far North West, 4; Far North Central, 1; North West, 6; North Central, 12; North East, 2; Saskatoon, 38; Central East, 16; Regina, 21; South West, 1; South Central, 11; and South East, 5.  Five new cases are pending residence information.  

Recoveries total 44,378 and 1,371 cases are considered active.

There are 113 people in hospital, the lowest total in hospital since November 28, 2020.    Eighty-seven people are receiving inpatient care: North West, 6; North Central, 5; North East, 2; Saskatoon, 35; Central West, 1; Central East, 4; Regina, 31; South West, 1; South Central, 1; and South East, 1.  Twenty-six people are in intensive care: North West, 2; North Central, 5; Saskatoon, 8; Central East, 1; South West, 1; and Regina, 9.

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 case number is 129 (10.6 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 2,726 COVID-19 tests processed in Saskatchewan on May 27, 2021.

To date, 854,364 COVID-19 tests have been processed in Saskatchewan.  As of May 26, 2021, when other provincial and national numbers were available, Saskatchewan's per capita rate was 718,357 tests performed per million population.  The national rate was 906,442.

As of May 27, 10,399 variants of concern have been identified by screening in Saskatchewan, reported in the following zones: Far North West, 237; Far North East, 37; North West, 583; North Central, 419; North East, 56; Saskatoon, 1,595; Central West, 109; Central East, 571; Regina, 4,603; South West, 356; South Central, 722; and South East, 1,048.  There are 63 screened VOCs with residence pending.

There are two new lineage results reported today.  Of the 5,713 VOCs with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing in Saskatchewan, 5,529 are B.1.1.1.7 (UK), 144 are P.1 (Brazilian), 30 are B.1.617 (Indian) and 10 are B.1.351 (SA).

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.

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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