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Sask clamps down on home gatherings, lowers vaccine eligibility age

The province is tightening health guidelines once again, with in-home gatherings being limited to only the immediate household.

The move, in response to more COVID-19 variant cases across Saskatchewan, will take effect immediately. Outdoor gatherings are still allowed, however, worship ceremonies are being limited to a maximum of 30 people, down from 150. This second measure takes effect at 12:01 Friday April 16th.

Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman at a media briefing on Tuesday said, there are limited exceptions for co-parenting arrangements, caregivers and service people.

Premier Scott Moe added the variant cases have pushed the province to look at possible new measures on a daily basis.

The new measures, along with current existing ones will be reviewed on April 26th, and any new decisions will be made at that time.

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Vaccination Booking System Expanding to Ages 52+ Province Wide

The eligible age for booking vaccination appointments online or by telephone is being lowered from 55 to 52.

This change will take effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday April 14. People can book their appointments online, and those who do not have a cell phone or email account or need assistance can book by calling 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829).

Other changes to the vaccine delivery plan are catering to more vulnerable groups with priority vaccination for pregnant women, young people ages 16 and 17 who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable, and everyone over the age of 40 in the far north.

Pregnant women and vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds will receive an eligibility letter from their physician and will need to use the 1-833-SASKVAX telephone number to book.

Additional information on how to book your appointment is available on the Saskatchewan Health website.

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