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SHA reminding that first-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments remain available

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is reminding residents eligible that there are still COVID-19 first-dose vaccination appointments available for them.

Currently, vaccination is open to people 70 and older, individuals 50 years of age and older living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, and all phase one health care workers who still have yet to be vaccinated.

While the vast majority of these people are already booked in or have been vaccinated already, the SHA notes, there are also several appointment times still open across the province. They’ve also noted that there’s been shorter than average wait times on the phone line.

The SHA is urging those who are eligible to book these appointments as soon as possible, as eligibility to book will be opening up to further age groups in the coming days. If someone’s nearest location doesn’t have appointments, they can try searching other locations nearby.

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While the SHA has said the online option is the fastest and people can have someone assist to set up if needed, the phone line is encouraged for those without a health card or those who cannot otherwise book online such as health care workers.

Moving into next age ranges to slow in April, SHA says

The SHA adds that given the public demand for clinics, appointments are being booked into the first week of April.

While health officials say they’ve moved quickly thus far to get more eligible age ranges vaccinated, this is likely going to slow down in April because of the high population of people who fall into the upcoming age categories.

Vaccine allocation has not been fully finalized for Saskatchewan in April yet, but the SHA plans to get more clinics set up once they know exactly how much is coming.

People are reminded that once they’re vaccinated, they should continue following all COVID-19 health guidelines for the time being.

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