Entertainment Mandryk: COVID-19 vaccine complacency threatens Saskatchewan's gains
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Although the NHL has relaxed many rules pertaining to its COVID protocol, a positive test still warrants a 14-day isolation period. Especially when the Canadiens were fortunate enough to not have any other positive tests among its players and staff, the league wants to maintain the health and safety of the team as well as the integrity of its semifinals. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Dominique Ducharme is out for the next two weeks after testing positive for COVID. With that said, losing Ducharme is a blow for Montreal.
About the only thing more worrisome than seeing empty lines at the Saskatchewan COVID-19 drive-thrus is seeing the number of grey hairs dominating the queue.
This is nothing against seniors — especially given that, by COVID-19 standards (and all too many others), I would be one — getting that needed second dose.
Of the(as of Wednesday), 465, or 84 per cent, were people 60 years old and older. Perhaps it’s a tad reassuring to see that at least seniors are still taking this pandemic seriously.
COVID protocol-related absences: 05/13/21
Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list: © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Colorado – Devan DubnykSt. Louis – Jake WalmanWashington – Evgeny KuznetsovAs a reminder, inclusion on this list does not mean that a player has tested positive for Coronavirus or even that they have been confirmed as a close contact to another positive person.
About 90 per cent of those 70-plus have received a first dose and their second doses are also soaring upward — a great thing considering the aforementioned vulnerability to tragic COVID-19 outcomes.
But in a sad metaphor to the old Saskatchewan that saw working age people leaving this province for greener pastures elsewhere to raise their children, we are again seeing the critical age bracket abandoning this province — at least when it comes to the COVID-19 fight.
Worse, we are again seeing a Saskatchewan government seemingly incapable or addressing this issue, as well.
For 10 straight days now, we have
This might seem unsurprising, given that more people simply need that second shot after getting the first one. Of the 1,033,096 Saskatchewan people 12 years and old eligible for vaccination, 675,213 have receive a first dose while only 153,562 have received a second.
COVID protocol-related absences: 05/26/21
Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list: © Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports Colorado – Jayson Megna*Vegas – Brayden McNabb*As a reminder, inclusion on this list does not mean that a player has tested positive for Coronavirus or even that they have been confirmed as a close contact to another positive person.
However, let us remember that the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has wisely limited second-dose eligibility based on age and health considerations, so as to ensure second dosers aren’t simply gobbling up limited supplies.
Tuesday, when Health Minister Paul Merriman held the Saskatchewan Party government’s most-recent press conference, second doses accounted for 5,564 of the 6,742 shots doled out — 82.5 per cent of the vaccines administered that day.
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Approximately 152,000 Saskatchewan people were able to get a second dose on Tuesday (based on eligibility criteria) but had not yet received it. Yet there were 357,874 Saskatchewan people who had not yet received their first dose.
We aren’t going to get where we need to be if 80 per cent of the vaccines are gobbled up by second doses while 35 per cent of our province remains unvaccinated.
COVID protocol-related absences: 05/23/21
Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list: St.St.
As of Wednesday, those who had not received a single dose included:
— 39,949 of 147,466 Saskatchewan people 50 to 59 years old;
— 50,572 of the 151,896 people 40 to 49 years old;
— 80,949 of the 184,246 people 30 to 39 years old;
— 98,078 of 189,909 people 18 to 29 years old and;
— 53,756 of the 90,987 children between 12 and 17.
Some of this can be attributed to more recent age eligibilities, but it appears Saskatchewan has a big problem with complacency and/or a lack of understanding of still-existing COVID-19 dangers.
Of thewere people who were unvaccinated or who had received their first dose within the previous three weeks. That this is the case 15 months into restrictions caused by this pandemic is borderline maddening.
“We have an opportunity to basically end the pandemic, the worst aspects of the pandemic, as early as July,” Saskatchewan chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said last week. “Why wouldn’t we take it?”
Well, why people — mostly younger people and likely less affluent people — aren’t lining for a shot may have a bit to do with this government often framing COVID-19 as a problem of long-term care homes while sending clear messages that young healthy people need not fear shopping in stores or soon going to Rider games.
NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for June 2, 2021
Players in the protocol are: Colorado's Jayson Megna and Vegas' Brayden McNabb.Colorado – Jayson Megna
But it likely has a lot more to do with the fact that this government has never quite understood thatrather than one of age demographics.
either, but the problem is the Sask. Party government doesn’t seem to have a better one.
Yes, we can get older folks to the drive-thrus. But after they get their second shot, what happens then?
Mandryk is the political columnist for the Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
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