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 priority given to elderly residents, some health-care employees and those living in long-term care. Here’s what you need to know as the province continues to vaccinate Saskatchewan residents.

WHO CAN GET VACCINATED RIGHT NOW?

People between the ages of 50 and 61 living 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. Online booking is not available for this group right now.

Remaining Phase 1 health-care workers 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. Online booking is not available for this group. People in this category will need proof of their eligibility to book, which is provided to them by their employer.

Anyone else 55 years of age and older can book their vaccination online or over the phone.

Drive-through and walk-in vaccine clinics opened in several Saskatchewan communities.The Regina drive-thru clinic is accomodating ages 50-54. No appointment is needed at these sites.

Clinics have opened or are planned in the following communities:

Regina

  • Drive-thru: International Trade Centre - Evraz Place (Entry from Northbound Lewvan Drive only), 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saskatoon

  • Drive-thru: Prairieland Park (Entry from St. Henry Avenue only), 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Humboldt

  • Walk-in: Jubilee Hall Convention Centre (Door #8 - Humboldt Uniplex), 618-17 Street, April 8-11, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. April 8, 10 and 11, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. April 9

Kindersley

  • Walk-in: 904 9th Ave West (Elks Hall), April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lloydminster

  • Drive-thru: 5521 49 Avenue, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Moose Jaw

  • Walk-in: 250 Thatcher Drive (Exhibition Grounds), April 7-8, 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Drive-thru: 750 Lillooet St West, opening April 9

North Battleford

  • Drive-thru: 391 Yellowhead Alley, open April 10, 13, 14, 9:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Prince Albert

  • Drive-thru: Thorpe's Industry, #1 Pine Street, HWY 2 North - RM #491, April 3-8/9 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (or until all vaccines administered)

Warman

  • Drive-thru: Warman Fire Hall, Centennial Blvd, April 7, 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (will remain open until all vaccine is administered).

Weyburn

  • Drive-thru: 1560 New City Garden Road (formerly Ebel’s Contracting & Supply), April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Yorkton

  • Drive-thru: St. Mary's Cultural Center - 240 Wellington Avenue, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Clinic will be outdoors and may be subject to change dependent on weather)

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

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is no longer contacting individuals by phone for vaccine booking. Residents are encouraged to book an appointment online or by phone when they become eligible.

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Those eligible under Phase 2 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).

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.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are immunocompromised or have an auto-immune disorder, it is advised to talk to your doctor before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is free.

WHO HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE VACCINE?

All long-term care homes in the province have received first doses. Some priority populations in remote and northern communities have also received a shot, as well as select health-care workers.

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 will 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.

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?

In March, Saskatchewan extended the amount of time between the first and second COVID-19 doses. Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization has said the time between doses of all three approved COVID-19 vaccines could be stretched up to four months.

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