Saskatchewan says COVID-19 vaccination pace to slow with no deliveries next week

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REGINA — Saskatchewan says the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations will start to slow in the province as it marked the deadliest day yet of the pandemic.

Health officials said Thursday that 13 more residents have died, nine of whom were 80 and older, for a total of 239 deaths.

The Ministry of Health reported 227 new infections in the province and 197 people in hospital, with 31 of them in intensive care.

It says 91 per cent of the vaccine doses received to date have gone into the arms of critical health-care workers, long-term care staff and vulnerable seniors, for a total of more than 29,000 shots.

But the ministry says vaccine supply will run short because there are no new deliveries coming next week.

A ministry spokeswoman says the province is still figuring out how it's going to adjust its vaccine rollout in light of the supply interruption from Pfizer-BioNTech.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021

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