As the calendar changes to 2021, Priority 1 individuals in Prince Albert can start rolling up their sleeves as of January 4thfor the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The special cold handling required by the vaccine have dictated that it be used in urban areas where ultra-low temperature freezers can be located. The province already has five such freezers on hand deployed in ReginaThe province rose steadily over this period., Saskatoon and Prince Albert and is waiting on the arrival of another four but there has been no indication from the SHA or the Ministry of Health on where these remaining ones will be located.
Health Minister Paul Merriman and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab announced on Wednesday that a shipment of 4900 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived in the province earlier in the day and that these would be directed to the Far North West and Far North Central regions where long-term care residents and staff, personal care workers2021-04-11T12:29:00Z, and priority healthcare workers will be the first to receive the vaccine. To ensure that residents of the Far North are aware of the arrival of vaccine and have the correct information about its efficacy advertisements will go out over the radio in English, Cree, DeneOntario asks for COVID help — but here, and Michif as well as notifications on social media pages and through direct contact with healthcare providers and long-term care staff and residents. “For the first two or three months, the vaccinations will really prioritize these populations throughout Saskatchewanwith most people having gone through several stage of restrictions,” Shahab said. “But we really are hopeful starting in April and May, there will be more supplies of both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.”RELATED: Mandatory hotel quarantine measures for travellers to come into effect Feb. 22
Saskatchewan is scheduled to receive 6,825 doses of the Pfizer vaccine weekly starting on January 11, however the Moderna vaccine it appears may be a bit slower coming with only bi-weekly shipments currently expected throughout January and February of 3-5000 doses. Dr. Shahab stated that he expects larger quantities of the Moderna vaccine to begin arriving in March. April, he said, should be when younger age groups with underlying health conditions should be able to get the vaccine and then moving outward to the general adult populationThe presidential swearing-in ceremony has become an increasingly significant event, neither the Pfizer nor Moderna vaccines are approved yet for those under the age of 18. So, if everything remains the same it looks as if it will be early summer before the majority of the population will be able to access the vaccination.