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COVID-19 vaccinations start in Saskatchewan’s far north

The initial COVID-19 vaccine pilot project is now complete in Regina and nearing 90 per cent completion in Saskatoon. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Just over 4,200 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have now been delivered in Saskatchewan.

Health officials said Tuesday that its initial immunization pilot project is now complete in Regina and nearing 90 per cent completion in Saskatoon.

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The pilot project targeted health-care workers in intensive care units, emergency departments and COVID-19 units, and staff at testing and assessment centres.

Those individuals start receiving their second dose Wednesday, at which point health officials said they will be fully immunized.

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Vaccinations using the Moderna vaccine got underway in Saskatchewan’s far north Tuesday morning, health officials said.

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Registered nurse Brittany Favel and her grandfather, Jimmy Favel, were the first people to receive their doses in Île-à-la-Crosse.

Vaccinations also started in La Loche Tuesday morning as part of the rollout in the far northwest zone.

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Health officials said a shipment of the Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive in Prince Albert this week.

Vaccinations for eligible health-care staff, long-term and personal care home residents in the area will then begin.

The Saskatchewan government said it expects to receive 6,825 Pfizer doses each week for the remainder of January.

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