Starting Monday, anyone 80+ years, or those who were vaccinated on or before Mar. 1, will be eligible to book their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The eligibility additionally extends to people being treated for cancer and those who have received solid organ transplants.
Residents seeking to get their second dose will be required to know the date of their first immunization, info found on the vaccine card or available through MySaskHealthRecord.
The government said in a press release that the brand of the second dose must match that of the first dose.
“National reviews of the safety and efficacy of interchanging the second dose brand are ongoing and the provincial policy on maintaining the same brand for the second dose may be updated following this review,” the release said.
A total of 116 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Sask. and one additional death among those who tested positive for the illness. The individual who died was in the 80+ age group from the southeast zone.
As of Sunday, there have been 527 deaths in the province since the beginning of the pandemic.
The 116 new cases were reported as follows:
- Far northwest: 7
- Far northeast: 1.
- Northwest: 7.
- North central: 11.
- Saskatoon: 41.
- Central west: 2.
- Central east: 18.
- Regina: 17.
- Southwest: 5.
- South central: 1.
- Southeast: 5.
- One case is pending residence information.
- One previously reported case with pending residence has been included in the north central zone.
- One case deemed to be an out-of-province resident has been removed from the Regina zone.
Sask. reported 1,662 active cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The 7-day daily average of new COVID-19 cases is 152, or 12.4% new cases per 100,000 people.
There 124 persons in hospital with COVID-19 as Sunday, including 27 in intensive care.
An extra 11,004 vaccine doses had been administered as of Sunday, as per the latest update.
The region says 76% of people over 40 received their first dose whereas 69% of those over 30 have had an initial dose.
The first-dose rate is 63% for those over 18.