The provincial government reported on Friday that 61% of people 12 and older had received a first dose and 67,723 people had been fully vaccinated in Saskatchewan. The province broke the 60 percent mark almost a month after hitting the 40 percent mark.
According to provincial government data, up to date as of Wednesday, Regina leads the provincial regions, with 62% of the COVID-eligible population vaccinated at that time.
Regina received a larger number of doses in March to combat the increase in COVID-19 cases and the presence of worrying coronavirus variants in the city.
The south-central region had a 59% vaccination rate on Wednesday, followed by the northeast, central-east and Saskatoon, at 58%.
The story is different in the far north of the province – all three regions were below 45 percent on Wednesday. They also did not increase the percentage of first doses given at the same rate as in the southern part of the province over the past month.
The percentages of increase in the first doses over 30 days in the extreme northern areas were:
- Far north center: one percent.
- Far northeast: six percent.
- Far northwest: nine percent.
The percentage increases of the first doses over 30 days in the southern regions were as follows:
- Center-North, North-East, North-West, Center-West, South-East: 16%.
- Center-East, South-West: 17%.
- Center-South: 18%.
- Saskatoon: 23 percent.
- Régina : 25 %.
The number of residents eligible for vaccination increased earlier this month, when 90,987 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 became eligible.
Saskatchewan extended its second dose rollout to residents 85 years of age and older and those vaccinated no later than February 15 on Monday.
As for second doses, the far north of the central zone had 17% of eligible residents fully vaccinated on Wednesday. The other provincial areas were all below 10%.
Saskatoon had the lowest percentage of people fully vaccinated at three percent on Wednesday.
At that time, the provincial total of fully immunized people was 6%.