At-risk populations eligible for fourth dose of Covid vaccine
January 4, 2022, 5:35 pm
The Saskatchewan government announced on January 4, those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and have had three doses for their primary COVID-19 vaccination series are eligible to receive a booster/fourth dose at least three months after their third dose.
These individuals include those who had received a letter of eligibility from the Ministry of Health, including people receiving chemo and immuno-suppressive therapies, those with HIV or who have had organ transplants. Those groups now eligible are listed at Saskatchewan.ca/covid-19.
Update your QR code after that booster dose
Booster dose information will be included in your MySaskHealthRecord vaccine certificate; however, if you generated your COVID-19 vaccination record QR code following your second dose of vaccine, you will be required to regenerate a new QR code after your booster dose if you wish it to show you have received the booster.
Once generated, QR codes are static and need to be updated when your vaccination status changes. You can access your MySaskHealthRecord account and generate a new QR code after receiving any COVID-19 vaccine, to ensure your record is up-to-date.
Remember that parents and guardians are able to access their child's immunization record through MySaskHealthRecord if that child is 13 years or younger. The parents or guardian must have an account themselves, and the child's information can then be linked. More information is available at MySaskHealthRecord.
The SK Vax Wallet app has been downloaded more than 474,000 times since the app was introduced.
From December 29 - January 4, 8,202 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of primary series vaccines administered in the province to 1,803,884.
An additional 38,707 third and fourth doses have been administered in the province from December 29 - January 4. Thirty-four per cent of eligible residents age 18+ have now received their booster dose.
As of January 4, 88 per cent of residents 12 years and older and 84 per cent of residents five years older have received their first dose. Eighty-four per cent of residents 12 years and older and 76 per cent of residents five years and older are fully vaccinated.
There were 3,602 new cases of COVID-19 to report in Saskatchewan from December 29 - January 4, bringing the provincial total to 87,167 cases. There were 962 recoveries recorded during the same period.
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan is currently 515 (42.7/100,000).
Thirteen new deaths were reported December 29 - January 4.
There were 93 new lineage results reported for December 29 - January 4.
Note that the Royal Romanow Provincial Laboratory is reporting that 95 per cent of new cases are Omicron cases, based on SNP testing. Based on this percentage, it is assumed that all new COVID-19 cases in the province are Omicron and the RRPL will cease performing SNP testing on new samples. All specimens from international travelers who test positive in Saskatchewan will continue to undergo whole genome sequencing to determine their lineage, as well as randomly selected cases from across the province to continue surveillance of circulating virus.