The Saskatchewan government has declared that the administration of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine will start in early April. It will be administered via Regina drive-thru.
Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab has attended a press conference in Regina, stating:
“There’s a growing optimism on our accelerated vaccine delivery schedule.”
So far, 94,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Saskatchewan, and 124,000 more doses are expected to be received by the end of March.
Premier Scott Moe talked to the public:
“Late last week, we received an updated vaccine distribution schedule from the federal government, which included a significant increase in the Pfizer doses over the next few weeks. Between Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, we now expect to receive about 124,000 more doses by the end of March. That’s more doses in the next three weeks than we have received in the first three months of our vaccinations.”
Last week, Saskatchewan spokesperson stated that the province would delay second doses so everyone could get their first dose as soon as possible.
Premier Moe concluded:
“This will be a very important milestone because it will mean everyone age 70 and above will have had their chance to get their first shot by early in April. And we’ve seen based on the number of vaccines we now expect to receive, we should be able to begin vaccinating people in their 60s by April the 5th, people in their 50s by April the 19th, people in their 40s by May the 10th, [and] people in their 30s by May the 31st.”
By June 14, everyone in Saskatchewan under 30 years old will be able to get vaccinated. Those 65 and older are not advised to take the shot, though.