COVID-19 in Sask.: 50% of eligible people in province now fully vaccinated

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Nurses administer a dose of AztraZeneca-Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine at Regina's mass drive-thru clinic located at REAL.  (Submitted by Saskatchewan Health Authority - image credit)
Nurses administer a dose of AztraZeneca-Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine at Regina's mass drive-thru clinic located at REAL. (Submitted by Saskatchewan Health Authority - image credit)

Saskatchewan passed a COVID-19 vaccination milestone on Wednesday, with more than half a million residents now fully vaccinated against the illness.

Another 13,719 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered on Tuesday, meaning 1,247,253 shots have been given in Saskatchewan, according to the province's Wednesday update.

Nearly 88 per cent (12,001) of the doses administered Tuesday were second doses, helping to push the province to a total of 513,465 residents who are now fully vaccinated. That means 50 per cent of people 12 and up are now vaccinated, according to Wednesday's update.

Only 1,718 first doses were administered on Tuesday, leaving the province at a 71 per cent first-dose vaccination rate. A total of 733,788 people have had their first dose.

Saskatchewan's vaccination progress

Increase in cases, deaths

The province reported 53 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest number of cases in 12 days.

There have now been 49,039 known cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan since the pandemic began.

The increase in cases bumped up the seven-day rolling average of new cases to 31 per day.

That average has dropped since reaching a peak of 287 in mid-April.

There are now 319 known active cases in the province, with 48,150 people having recovered from the virus.

Saskatchewan reported a single additional COVID-19-related death Wednesday — a person in their 40s in the province's northwest zone — bringing the total number of deaths in Saskatchewan from the illness to 570.

COVID-19 in Saskatchewan by the numbers

The new cases reported on Wednesday were in the following regions:

  • Far northwest: five

  • Far northeast: three.

  • Northwest: one.

  • North central: five.

  • Saskatoon: six.

  • Central west: three.

  • Regina: 13.

  • Southwest: 10.

Residence information is pending for seven cases.

Another seven previously reported cases were found to involve out-of-province residents and have been removed from the Saskatchewan's total count.

The province reported that there are 64 people receiving care in hospital with COVID-19, two more than the day before.

Ten of those 64 patients are receiving intensive care.

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