COVID vaccines expand to 37+ years, available at pharmacies

Eligibility in the provincial age-based immunization program moved to age 37 and older as of May 4, except for residents living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, where it moves to age 18 and older. This applies to all immunization clinics: booked appointments, drive-thru/walk-in, mobile, and pharmacy.

Approximately 8,000 appointments were added to the Patient Booking System for booked appointments at SHA clinics, also as of May 4, in addition to pharmacy appointments, and drive-thru and walk-in clinics. Pharmacy immunization details can be found atwww.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-pharmacies.

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COVID vaccines will be available from five Weyburn pharmacies, in addition to pharmacies in Radville and Stoughton, all by appointment only.

The Weyburn pharmacies include at the Wholesale Club, Prairie Sky Co-op Pharmacy, Price-Rite Guardian Drugs, Pharmasave and the Wal-Mart Pharmacy.

In addition, vaccines are available at the Newhope Pharmacy in Stoughton, and at Pharmasave in Radville.

Reminder to residents that clinic availability is based on vaccine availability, and demand for appointments outweighs the current supply. When age eligibility opens to a younger group appointments fill up fast, particularly in urban centres like Regina and Saskatoon.

Please note that travel restrictions related to the increase of variants of concern do not apply to essential medical appointments, such as immunization. Residents may travel to a community outside of their own to attend an immunization clinic, but are advised to not make any other stops or visits aside from the immunization clinic.

The type of vaccine offered at your clinic may vary depending on vaccine supply. All vaccines are safe, effective and approved for use in Canada, and are extremely effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization.

Please note vaccine supply remains limited and drive-thru/walk-in clinics may close early when all vaccine is administered. Residents are urged to check the current status of the clinic, age eligibility (now 37+), and wait times, at www.saskatchewan.ca/drive-thru-vax to avoid unnecessary travel.