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 48 years 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 Friday, April 15.

Everyone over 40-years-old in the Far North is also eligible for their first dose.

People between the ages of 40 and 51 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.

Residents under 48 who are eligible due to location, profession or clinical vulnerability will have to book their appointment using the phone line.

Pregnant women and the clinically extremely vulnerable group can expect a letter from their doctor.

Drive-through and walk-in vaccine clinics opened in several Saskatchewan communities. No appointment is needed at these sites.

Vaccinations at all drive-thru and walk-in clinics will be available to residents 48 to 54-years-old, starting Friday, April 16.

The new age range applies to all drive-thru sites except the clinic in Regina. Regina's drive-thru   is currently closed.
 

Other 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?

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is no longer contacting individuals by phone for vaccine booking. 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).

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 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