Regina Drive-in Vaccine clinic moves to ages 53-54, Sask booked appointments eligible for all 55 and up starting Friday morning

April 8, 2021, 3:29 pm


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The Regina COVID-19 vaccine drive thru will begin administering Pfizer/Biontech vaccines starting Friday, April 9.

The drive thru will begin vaccinating residents ages 53 and 54 years old only, with possible changes to age ranges as demand allows in the coming days.

This clinic will be first come first serve, open 8:30 am to 11pm daily at Evraz Place on the Regina Exhibition grounds.

"Shifting vaccines to expand eligible age groups for the Regina drive thru clinic will help in driving down variant of concern transmission in Regina and area," Health Minister Paul Merriman said.

"Regular, predictable delivery of all vaccines allows us to make these adjustments and continue to lead the country in putting vaccines in arms, protecting more residents."

"Rapid, mass vaccinations will mean there are different vaccines available at different times, in different parts of the province to support delivery plans," Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.

"All have been approved by Health Canada and all will prevent serious illness and death caused by COVID-19."

Vaccination Booking System Eligibility Moves To Ages 55+ Province Wide

Effective at 8 am, Friday, April 9, Saskatchewan's vaccine booking system eligibility will be expanded to all individuals 55 years of age and older. Eligible residents ages 55+ can book their appointment online at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine, or by phone at 1-833-SASKVAX.

Additionally, all individuals 50 years of age and older living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, all remaining phase one health care workers, group homes and shelters and people with underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable through an eligibility letter are eligible to book their vaccination appointments by phone by calling 1-833-SASKVAX.


Vaccine Delivery Changes in Regina
With a continued increase of COVID-19 variants of concern, additional steps are being taken in Regina to offer vaccine to younger age groups to keep immunizations progressing as quickly as possible. This will be accomplished by introducing the Pfizer vaccine into the drive-thru clinic beginning Friday, April 9 for residents aged 53 and 54.


Delay in Moderna Shipment
As noted yesterday (April 7) Saskatchewan Health Authority has been made aware of a further delay impacting our next expected shipment of 19,300 Moderna vaccines. This delay stems from the manufacturer and is outside of SHA control.

Some appointments already booked in primarily rural and Northern clinics will be impacted. The SHA is still assessing the full impact and impacted patients will be notified next week so that they may reschedule their appointments. A further public announcement will also be made in the coming days. In the interim, no action is required from patients.


Vaccine Eligibility
COVID-19 vaccine booking eligibility changes to 55 years and older, effective 8 a.m., April 9, 2021. Eligible groups include all individuals 55 years of age and older, individuals 50 years of age and older living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, all remaining phase one health care workers, and people with underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable through an eligibility letter.


Individuals 55 years of age and older
• Effective 8:00am, April 9, 2021, people meeting this criteria can book their appointment online 24/7 using their health card at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine; or call 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829) between the hours of
8 a.m. and 11 p.m.


Individuals 50 to 54 years of age living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District
• Booking online is not available for this age group at this time.
• Individuals meeting this criteria are invited to now book their vaccination by calling 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
• A map of this area and the communities within it can be found at: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/first-nations-metis-and-northern-community-businesses/economic-development/northern-administration-district
• Individuals 55 years of age and over living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District can utilize online booking according to the instructions above.


All Remaining Phase One Health Care Workers
• All remaining phase one health care workers are invited to book their vaccination by calling 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
• Booking online is not available for this category. These individuals require proof of their eligibility in order to book—this will be provided directly to them by their employer.
• A list of positions that qualify within this category are listed on the saskatchewan.ca website.


People with underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable
• Conditions in this category are listed on the saskatchewan.ca website. The majority of these individuals have already been identified by their health care team, and will receive a letter of eligibility in the mail. This letter is required in order to book an appointment.
• Booking online is not available for this category unless you are 55 years of age and older and have not yet booked an appointment. Otherwise, please call 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.


Targeted vaccinations to select congregate living (group homes, those with intellectual disabilities)
SHA is also in the process of connecting with group homes for persons with intellectual disabilities, shelters, and other congregate living facilities to discuss options for immunization.


DRIVE-THRU CLINIC UPDATES
Moose Jaw Drive-Thru Clinic Opens Friday, April 9
Moose Jaw is pleased to offer immunizations for those aged 55 and up at their drive-thru clinic.
April 9, 10
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 750 Lillooet Street West (Please access from 4th Avenue SW)


All drive-thru and walk-in clinics will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary, residents can attend at their convenience.

Additional details for drive-thru and walk-in clinics, including the most up-to-date wait times can be found at: www.saskatchewan.ca/drive-thru-vax. Those attending drive-thru or walk-ins with previously booked appointments are encouraged to cancel, ensuring the next eligible person can receive vaccine.

Individuals are NOT eligible to receive COVID-19 Vaccine at this time if:
• You are less than 80 years of age and you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
• You have received any other vaccine in the last 14 days.

VACCINE INFORMATION
What you need to know about appointment availability
• Some areas offer additional options for vaccine, such as drive-thru, drop-in and mobile clinics. Access through participating pharmacies will be available in the future. Watch for advertising to see which options are available in your area.
• You can have a friend or family member go online or call to schedule your appointment for you. Identification will be required at the time of the actual appointment.
• You will receive confirmation soon after your appointment has been made. There is no need to call the phone line to confirm appointment details.
• Clinic availability is dependent on vaccine availability. Additional clinics will be added as Saskatchewan receives more doses.
• At this time, existing demand for vaccine far outweighs our available supplies.
• The booking office does not have access to extra appointments than what is available online.
• Second dose appointments are not available at this time. Public communication will take place once these appointments become available.
• Need to cancel your appointment, or reschedule for a different date and time? Visit www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine and select ‘Book or change my appointment.’ You can cancel online even if you booked over the phone. You can also call 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829) if you are unable to complete your request online.

Individuals are NOT eligible to receive COVID-19 Vaccine at this time if:
• You are less than 80 years of age and you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
• You have received any other vaccine in the last 14 days.

Did you know? It can take up to two weeks to build immunity from your vaccine. Even after being vaccinated, you must continue following all public health orders and guidelines. COVID-19 is everywhere in Saskatchewan. It is the responsibility of every person to strictly adhere to all public health orders and measures, including:

• Keep 2 metres away from others when in public and wear a mask.
• Limit gatherings and ensure gathering sizes do not exceed public health orders.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth or mask with unwashed hands.
• Stay home if you are unwell; seek health care services when you help.
• Regularly monitor your health for any COVID-19 symptoms and seek testing.

While travel to and from Regina is not recommended at this time; travel is permitted for essential services, including medical appointments. Vaccination is considered an essential medical need. If you are in Regina for vaccination, please keep non-essential stops to a minimum in order to keep yourself and others safe.


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