Province predicts everyone over 18 will be vaccinated by mid-May

As the third wave of COVID-19 continues to grip Saskatchewan, the province says the only way through it is with vaccines.

With over 234,000 vaccines administered in the province, Health Minister Paul Merriman says the end of the pandemic is in sight.

He is urging residents to stay patient and get their vaccine when they’re eligible.

“As Dr. Shahab has said many times, the right vaccine is the one that available for you now. “said Merriman. “It’s how you protect yourself and those around you, it’s how we get through this pandemic, so when it’s your turn, please book your appointments, go to a drive-thru, roll up your sleeve, and stick it to Covid.”

Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says the province is on the right track for vaccines.

He predicts that every adult should receive their first dose by mid-May.

“We’re projecting that by mid-April, 50 and older will be getting vaccinated throughout Saskatchewan, by end of April, 40 and over, by early May, 30 and older, and by mid-May, all adults aged 18 and older will be able to access vaccines,” said Shahab. “So, we’re talking 4-6 weeks, and all of us should be able to access vaccines, 18 and older in Saskatchewan.”

Despite variant cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise in the province, Merriman says the province isn’t considering stronger health restrictions.

“Our restrictions are working right now, with the exception of Regina,” said Merriman. “And that’s why you saw us increase the restrictions in Regina over a temporary amount of time, just to be able to control things, and try to contain it within Regina.”

Current health measures in place in Regina have been extended until April 26th.

More from Play92