Sumary of Sask. Health Authority to slow, pause some services due to ‘unchecked spread of COVID’ among unvaccinated:
- The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is planning to slow down and pause “certain work” to focus on COVID-19 efforts, according to an internal newsletter circulated to health-care workers and obtained by CBC News Thursday.
- In the message, SHA president and CEO Scott Livingstone wrote that “in the coming days” health authority leaders will work to implement changes to help cope with the extreme stress teams are under.
- Livingstone’s message went on to reiterate to staff that vaccines work and that unvaccinated people continue to clog up the province’s health-care system.
- “The unchecked spread of COVID among this population is escalating pressure on our hospitals and will result in Saskatchewan residents going without certain health services that they rely on to maintain their quality of life,” he said.
- —@drsusanshaw Livingstone added that the worsening COVID-19 situation is taking a toll on medical health staff.
- “Physicians, nurses and the other skilled health professionals we rely on are a finite resource.
- ” Livingstone, Premier Scott Moe and chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab are scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.
- SHA workers still awaiting details on vaccination policy While COVID-19 immunizations are not currently mandated for SHA staff, the province has said it plans to establish a policy to require proof of vaccination or frequent testing among some front-line health-care workers.