Province hits vaccination target needed to trigger next step in Re-opening Roadmap

The Saskatchewan Legislature. -- Herald File Photo

Roughly 70 per cent of Saskatchewan adults have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, meaning the next step in the province’s Re-Opening Roadmap can begin on July 11.

On that date, the majority of all public health measures will end. Only the mandatory mask order and restrictions on mass public gatherings will remain in place.

Those two restrictions will end once 70 per cent of residents age 12 and over get their first dose. Currently, only 68 per cent have received their first dose.

Premier Scott Moe took to social media to thank residents who got their first dose, and encourage those who haven’t.

“You’re doing a great job protecting yourself and those around you and ensuring that we can reopen safely, by getting vaccinated,” Moe said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “Let’s keep it going. Let’s get our vaccination rate as high as we possibly can, and let’s all go back to get our second shot just as soon as it’s your turn.

“It’s how you’ll protect yourself. It’s how you’ll protect the people around you, and it’s how we will be able to safely remove all of the public health orders that are in place.

Saskatchewan will move to step two of the Re-Opening Roadmap on Monday, June 20.

The province reported an additional 19,737 vaccine doses administered in their Saturday COVID update. North Central reported 1,760 doses administered.

Roughly 25 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

Health officials reported 55 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, only one of which was in North Central. There are now 760 active cases in Saskatchewan.

North Central’s one new case came in Prince Albert. There are now 38 active cases in the area. North Central Zone 1 has 34 active cases. Zone 3 has five.

Saskatchewan also reported 57 more recoveries, three of which were in North Central.

The Far North West and Far North East reported two new cases each. Another eight cases announced without residency data were assigned to the Far North West.

There are now 38 active cases in the Far North West, and 13 in the Far North East. Far North Central continues to have no active cases.

The North East reported two new cases and two more recoveries. There are 19 active cases in the area.

The Saskatoon Zone continues to have the highest number of active cases with 180, followed by the Regina Zone with 148, the North West with 85 and North Central with 77.