- Saskatchewan’s evidence of COVID-19 vaccination, according to Premier Scott Moe, has run its course.
- Hospitalization rates and whether the wave pushed by the Omicron variant has peaked, according to Moe, are two factors to consider when deciding whether to keep the measure.
According to Premier Scott Moe, Saskatchewan’s evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 has run its course. Still, he wouldn’t commit Monday to lift the necessity before the public health order expires at the end of the month.
Moe explained that the government does not make decisions on the spot but rather consults with health officials who provide feedback.
“Can we set a date in the coming days to pull the proof of immunization as well as evidence of negative test?” He said, “We might not be able to do it, but we’re searching into it.”
According to Moe, two factors to consider when deciding whether to keep the measure are hospitalization rates and whether the wave pushed by the Omicron variant has peaked.
On Monday, Saskatchewan reported 363 COVID-19 cases in hospitals, the highest number since the pandemic. 42 of them were in critical condition.
Saskatchewan will repeal the public health order in the “not-too-distant” future, according to the letter supporting a truck convoy against mandatory immunizations over the weekend.
Since then, the premier has stated that COVID-19 vaccines and proof of vaccination are no longer effective in preventing virus transmission. He claims that vaccinated people account for 78% of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan.
According to the most recent government analysis, the rate of COVID-19 cases was higher among the unvaccinated in December, though there were some breakthrough infections among the immunized.
According to the data, 447 people out of 100,000 who were not vaccinated were infected. Those who received the 2nd dose had a rate of 380 per 100,000, while those who got a booster shot had a rate of 356 per 100,000.
According to Dr. Eben Strydom, president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, Moe claims vaccines don’t prevent transmission is incorrect.
“It doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get it.” “What this implies is that a large percentage of people who have been triple vaccinated do not get sick from the virus even if they are exposed,” Strydom explained. “That means they won’t be able to transmit it, and that’s the distinction.”
According to Dr. Alexander Wong, an infectious diseases specialist in Saskatoon, Vaccines aren’t perfect, but they still work against Omicron, particularly if people have received a booster dose. He likened it to people who don’t wear seatbelts.
“Seatbelts will not prevent you from being involved in a car accident. According to Wong, seatbelts save lives and protect people from serious injuries in car accidents.
According to Nazeem Muhajarine, an epidemiologist at the University of Saskatchewan, Moe’s remarks are directed at anti-vaccination activists.
“He’s spreading a narrative that we’ve heard from people who descended on Ottawa over the weekend (for the truckers convoy)… and frankly, anti-vaxxers,” Muhajarine said.
“That is truly irresponsible and dangerous for a premier of a province.”
On Monday, Moe reaffirmed his support for truckers who oppose COVID-19 mandates, but he condemned those who profaned the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Terry Fox memorial in Ottawa and those who did nothing to stop it.
“They owe an apology to Canadians.” We’re seeing people do this, and it’s completely despicable. “It takes away the broader message… that vaccine mandates don’t work,” he said.
The Canadian Press first published this report on January 31, 2022.
Source: The Star