We have been following closely the work of the government on vaccine sequencing strategy and plan for immunization staffing. We have also been asking a lot of questions of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).
We know that the province participated in the pilot beginning in December that saw frontline health care workers in Regina get immunized with the Pfizer vaccine. Since then, immunization expanded to other communities, and Phase 1 of the vaccination strategy was implemented.
Mid-January the Government of Saskatchewan and the SHA made an announcement about vaccine sequencing and published on their website the COVID-19 Vaccine Sequencing Framework for Healthcare Workers and Vulnerable Populations. The link to that information on the government’s webpage is now broken as the plan and sequencing have changed.
As announced by the Minister of Health and the SHA on February 9, 2021, Phase 1 as originally outlined will continue. This includes all long-term care and personal care home residents and staff, health care workers in emergency departments, intensive care units, COVID-19 wards, and COVID testing and assessment staff. As well residents of Saskatchewan 70 years and older and residents 50 years and older living in remote/Northern Saskatchewan are included in Phase 1.