91% of Saskatchewan long-term care residents receive first COVID-19 vaccine dose

All long-term care homes in Saskatchewan have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health officials said 91 per cent of residents have received at least one dose, with 53 per cent having received both doses.

“Ensuring seniors living in long-term and personal care homes are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a priority for the government of Saskatchewan,” Everett Hindley, Saskatchewan’s minister of seniors and rural and remote health, said Tuesday in a statement.

“We look forward to the day when all Saskatchewan’s seniors are fully vaccinated against the threat of COVID-19.”

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In the year since the pandemic began, more than 40 outbreaks have been declared at long-term and personal care homes in the province, with over 100 deaths.

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The deadliest outbreak was at Extendicare Parkside in Regina with over 40 deaths reported.

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Officials said nine per cent of long-term care home residents were not immunized. Reasons for not immunizing those residents include their availability at the time of vaccination, a refusal to take the vaccine or a change in health circumstance.

The province said at personal care homes, 90 per cent have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 43 per cent receiving both doses.

Health officials said the achievement happened in less than two months from when the first resident at a long-term care home received their dose.

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Premier Scott Moe said the vaccines arriving in the province are not staying in the freezers for very long.

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“Saskatchewan is outpacing every other province in Canada when it comes to getting those doses that we receive from the federal government into Saskatchewan people’s arms,” Moe said.

“We have now administered just over 80,000 shots. That is over 100 per cent of the doses we have received.”

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Moe said Saskatchewan will now receive 112,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine in March, along with roughly 15,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“Things are picking up as we move through the next month,” he said.

“Eligible residents over 70 years of age will soon be able to call in or book an appointment online.”

Moe said the appointment system is expected to be launched next week.

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