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SHA opens vaccination appointments for all remaining phase one healthcare workers

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has opened booking phone appointments for the remaining Phase One health care workers to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Starting at 8 AM on March 16th, eligible health care workers in the phase can book appointments by calling 1-833-SASKVAX anytime between 8 AM and 11 PM.

Among health care workers eligible right now are those in emergency departments, intensive care units, COVID-19 wards or testing and assessment staff, respiratory therapists, code blue and trauma teams, EMS, road and air transport teams.

A full list of health professionals is available on the Saskatchewan website. People working in fields open to their COVID-19 shot will need proof of eligibility, which should be provided by their employer.

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Booking online isn’t available right now, however.

Vaccines also open for people over 70 now, over 50,000 booked now

The Saskatchewan Government also says they’ve surpassed 50,000 bookings for COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

The bookings are now open for people 70 years old and up, as well as people 50+ in the Far North of the province.

In total, 41,403 or just under 81 per cent of appointments have been booked online and the other 9,846 or 19.2 per cent of appointments have been set up over the phone. As of noon on March 15th,  8,279 of those appointments have been made today alone. 

The SHA is reminding people that online remains the quickest way to get an appointment, taking only a few minutes. They ask people to try that first before calling and say family and friends can help someone who needs it. People will receive their confirmation right after.

People are not eligible for appointments if they are over 80 years old and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days, received any other vaccine in the last 14 days or a dose of COVID-19 vaccine previously elsewhere.

These will all be first appointments at this time, and clinic or second dose availability will ramp up as the supply of vaccines increases.

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