Fall COVID-19 Update from MLA Lisa Lambert (Correction)
The WCA Board extends its apologies to the Honorable MLA Lisa Lambert and to our residents for publishing an outdated COVID-19 update from her in the Aug 2021 newsletter by mistake. The correct update is included below and in the digital version of the newsletter.
Saskatchewan is now fully open, and I hope you had an amazing summer seeing family, friends, our province, and our Saskatchewan Roughriders. After 16 months of COVID-19 precautions, all public health restrictions have been lifted. This includes mandatory masking and limits on events and gathering sizes. While COVID-19 is still here, most residents are now fully vaccinated, and we have seen a significant reduction in transmission and hospitalization. Our return to more normal activities is encouraging, but COVID-19 still poses a risk to those who aren’t fully vaccinated.
While the public health order requiring masking in indoor spaces has come to an end, masking will continue to be an option for all residents who wish to do so. Some businesses may also choose to maintain masking requirements but that is up to them. The removal of public health orders does not mean the pandemic is over. COVID-19 will continue to circulate, particularly among unvaccinated populations, and being fully vaccinated is our best protection. All residents will continue to be offered first and second doses. While there are currently no COVID-19 vaccines approved for children under 12, all residents 12+ are encouraged to be fully vaccinated to afford these groups the best circle of protection possible. Children can contract, transmit and become ill with COVID-19, though the risk for serious health outcomes is lower than older populations. If you are fully vaccinated, all activities with children will be considered lower risk.
Prekindergarten to Grade 12 schools will return to regular operations for the 2021-22 school year, and licensed childcare facilities can now return to regular pre-pandemic operations. Long-term care homes and personal care homes may allow an unlimited number of visitors and family members for their residents, subject to scheduling limitations.
If you are eligible for either your first or second dose, you can find a vaccination clinic or pharmacy location on line at saskatchewan.ca/covid-19-vaccine.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or feedback about provincial government programs or services, please contact my constituency office.
Lisa Lambert, MLA Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood
210A-3929 8th Street East