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Saskatchewan lowers eligibility age and extends the jab to cross-border truckers

More switching up is underway with the eligible age range for booking the COVID-19 jab.

Starting Wednesday April 28, people 42 years and older will be able to book their shot. For persons in the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District the age is lowered to 30 years and older.

Then another change on Friday, April 30 will lower the age to 40 and include all eligible priority workers.

Priority workers will need to book appointments by calling 1-833-SaskVax (1-833-727-5829) and will need to bring proof of employment to their vaccination appointment. This includes a letter from their employer, a pay-stub no older than March 1, or a copy of their professional license.

The added priority workers include police, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, public health inspectors, teachers and educational staff working with students, and front-line health care workers. Newly eligible age categories are able to book online.

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Saskatchewan signs MOU with North Dakota for trucker vaccinations

Also, the Saskatchewan government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with North Dakota which will allow essential workers who transport goods and services across the Canada/US border to get vaccinated. About 2,000 Saskatchewan residents will be eligible under this initiative.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation’s rest area near Drayton, N.D., currently serves as a vaccination site for truck drivers originating in Manitoba. Saskatchewan truck drivers will be eligible for vaccination at the Drayton site starting Wednesday, April 28. Vaccinations are available from noon to 8 pm on Wednesdays through Fridays.

On the Saskatchewan side, approval has been granted for a vaccination site at North Portal. Further details on that location are being finalized.

Trade between Saskatchewan and North Dakota runs at about $2 billion.

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