More Vaccine Same Restrictions

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In the press conference held Tuesday January 12thDr. Saqib Shahab and Premier Scott Moe announced that the public health order that came into effect on December 17th and was set to expire this coming Friday, will instead remain in effect for a further two weeks. Prior to the expiration of this order on January 29th, the province’s Chief Medical Health Officer will review all available data and decide whether a further extension is required. Therefore private, indoor gatherings remain restricted to immediate households only, up to ten people may meet and greet outdoors providing physical distancing between households can be maintained, mandatory masking is still in effect, and the public health orders pertaining to licensed establishments, sports/fitness/dance, and places of worship also remain in effect. Non-essential interprovincial travel is discouraged.

Dr. Shahab and the Premier both felt the current restrictions had been having a positive impact prior to Christmas and while they hoped that people would follow the guidelines over the holidays, they were realistically expecting the current spike to occur. Premier Moe said that while we are all, himself included, experiencing pandemic fatigue, it is more important now than ever to work together to stop the upward trend. We need people to stick with the restrictions for a few more weeks, Premier Moe stated, we need to do our part for a little while longer and try to start the numbers begin a downward trend. The Premier still does not want to shut down the economy and so a lock down is extremely unlikely. Dr Shahab affirmed that while there seemed to be a greater disregard for the public health orders over the past week or so, he is hopeful that once again people will make a greater effort to comply with guidelines.

On average approximately 1000 vaccines are being administered per day and while Premier Moe admitted that the vaccine rollout got off to a slower start than it should have he anticipates being able to get all the dosages still in freezers and those yet to come this month “into people’s arms” by the end of January and with the Saskatchewan Health Authority increasing their vaccination program to a goal of at least 2000 vaccinations per day the province should be on target to dispense all the vaccine received in the month of February as well. This week’s delivery of 5,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine set for Thursday January 14 is primarily destined for the southern part of the province to begin vaccinations to the priority 1 groups there including staff and residents of long term and personal care homes.

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Wakaw Recorder