REGINA -- Saskatchewan began distributing COVID-19 vaccines in December, after introducing its Vaccine Delivery Plan. This plan is currently being rolled out in phases, with a focus on an age-based roll out and priority given to those vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure based on a number of variables like underlying conditions or occupation.

Here’s what you need to know as the province continues to vaccinate Saskatchewan residents.

WHO CAN GET VACCINATED RIGHT NOW?

Anyone in Saskatchewan 35- and older is eligible to book their vaccine appointment online or through the appointment booking call centre at 1-833-SASK-VAX (1-833-727-5829), as of Thursday, May 6.

Everyone over 18-years-old in the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District, is eligible for their first dose.

People in the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District can book their appointment over the phone by calling 1-833-SASK-VAX (1-833-727-5829) between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Residents under 35 who are eligible due to location, profession or clinical vulnerability will have to book their appointment using the phone line. A full list of the frontline workers eligible for vacciantion can be found on the province’s website.

Pregnant women and the clinically extremely vulnerable group can expect a letter from their doctor, with details about how to get their first shot.

Drive-through and walk-in vaccine clinics opened in several Saskatchewan communities. No appointment is needed at these sites. Drive-through and walk-in vaccine clinics in the province are not operating on a fixed schedule. Check here for the latest drive-thru and walk-in clinics.

HOW WILL I FIND OUT WHEN I CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

 Residents are encouraged to listen to the news to find out when they become eligible to book an appointment online or by phone.

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Those eligible can book their vaccine appointment online or over the phone at 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829).

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING?

Residents will need a Saskatchewan health card and an email or cell phone when they book so they can get appointment reminders. Those without and email address or cell phone can call 1-833-SASK-VAX (1-833-727-5829). Priority frontline workers are required to bring proof of employement to their appointments.

The Government of Saskatchewan warns that a vaccine does not offer immediate immunity to COVID-19 and that going back to normal life will take time. Those who have received the vaccine are still expected to follow public health measures.

The vaccine is free.

WHO HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE VACCINE?

According to data from the province, 66 per cent of residents age 40 and older have received their first dose and 44 per cent of residents over 18 have received their first dose.

WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?

The Saskatchewan Health Authority will operate 230 vaccine clinics in more than 180 communities across the province.

The province said mass immunization clinics will be its primary mode of vaccine delivery in the second phase of the rollout. Appointments will be needed for these sites.

Drive-thru locations provide the vaccine without an appointment. These clinics are expected to have longer wait times and lineups.

Mobile immunization units are self-contained clinics that will be used to reach rural, remote and vulnerable populations in Saskatchewan.

Each community may have more than one clinic location.

In addition to the sites operated by the SHA, community clinics will also be available through pharmacies, doctor’s offices, partnerships with community organizations, First Nations clinics and partnerships with large businesses and industries.

Details regarding exact clinic locations and hours will be provided at a later date.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

A government-issued ID and your Saskatchewan health card will be required at the appointment. Priority frontline workers are required to bring proof of employement to their appointments.

HOW CAN I GET TO MY VACCINATION SITE?

Appointment time and clinic location will be provided during the booking process. Depending on your location you may be able to access a mobile clinic in or near your community.

WHEN DO I GET MY SECOND DOSE?

Health officials in Saskatchewan believe residents with their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can expect their second dose in June.

Chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said second doses will be rolled out at a more rapid pace than first doses, thanks to a steady supply.

The SHA believes many people will not have to wait the full 16-week period between doses.

Second doses, like the first round, will be offered on a priority basis.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

Below is a list of resources with more information relating to vaccination.

How to get immunized - Government of Saskatchewan

Vaccine Delivery Process - Government of Saskatchewan

Authorized vaccines - Government of Canada