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While more than 1.4 million injections have been given, only just over 53,000 people in the nation of 98 million are fully vaccinated as of June 11.

Earlier, on Saturday, the province reported 18,014 COVID-19 vaccines going into arms Friday.

It comes as people aged over 50 who have not yet received a Covid-19 vaccine can get one in their local pharmacy from tomorrow. Another 372 doses give are awaiting confirmation of residence.

There is one new death to report today in the 80-plus age group from the Saskatoon zone.

The remaining 20 people are intensive care: north west (2), north central (3), Saskatoon (6), central east (1), Regina (7) and south west (1). Eighty-seven people are receiving inpatient care, including one patient from Manitoba, in the following zones: Saskatoon (30), Regina (28), North West (13), North Central (5), South Central (5), Central East (4), South West (1), and South East (1).

Seventy-nine per cent of people 40 and older have received their first dose. Residents may receive their second dose up to four months following the first, but it is recommended that they receive their second dose as soon as they are eligible.

Note: Age is calculated on the date of the most recent dose.

The new cases, plus 15 cases that were tested out of province, increased Saskatchewan's total since last March to 47,764.

Notably, implementation of the "Liberalized and Accelerated Phase-III " strategy of Covid 19 vaccination has started from May 1, 2021. Someone age 69 at their first dose and 70 at their second will now be counted in the 70-79 group for both doses, resulting in a decrease in the 60-69 first dose number.

Saskatchewan has been allocated 89,880 Moderna doses for the week of June 14 and 130,620 Moderna doses for the week of June 21.

All vaccine administration details for the province, including first and second doses, can be found at https://dashboard.saskatchewan.ca/health-wellness.

There are 36 active cases of COVID-19 in Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) communities.

29 of the new cases were reported in Saskatoon and 10 cases were reported in Regina.

As of June 12, 11,704 variants of concern have been identified by screening in the province. One case was reassigned to the north central zone and one case, tested out of province, was added to the North Central Zone.

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