Since Friday, July 23rd, more than 14,000 COVID-19 vaccinations were delivered in the province. With 74 per cent of Saskatchewan residents 12+ with their first dose and 62 per cent fully vaccinated, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is shifting their vaccination focus from mass vaccination to focused outreach, targeting those in the province who are under and unvaccinated.
As of August 8, the SHA will discontinue drive-thru and appointments booked through their online system and 1-833-SASKVAX, shifting to walk-in clinics in public venues throughout the province including planned summer events, post-secondary campuses, retail locations including grocery stores, pow wows, provincial parks and recreations areas, community centres and more.
“Achieving the highest possible vaccination rate is the best way to prevent COVID-19 transmission,” Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman said. “This focused outreach is to further drive first and second dose uptake, meeting residents where they live, work and play and support individuals in their decision to make our province as safe as possible.”
“The provincial vaccination program will not stop,” Merriman continued. “But all residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the readily available and convenient clinic options available now through August 8. First or second dose, now is the time to stick it to COVID.”
Participating Saskatchewan pharmacies will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment.
“The Saskatchewan Health Authority continues to encourage all residents to be immunized with both doses as soon as they are eligible,” Saskatchewan Health Authority, Emergency Operation Centre Vaccine Chief Sheila Anderson said. “As much progress as we’ve made toward immunizing the province we want to remind people that COVID-19 is still here and we will see cases throughout the summer, especially for unvaccinated individuals.”
Saskatchewan residents should take the opportunity to be vaccinated even as they head out on summer holidays with their family and friends before they go on vacation or should check out local clinics where they are vacationing in Saskatchewan.
Details on clinic locations and times is listed on the SHA website https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/. Please note, these vaccine clinics are subject to change based on demand. Any changes to clinic hours and location will be updated online.