Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccination appointment booking network expanding for all residents 76 and over starting at 8 a.m on Saturday

For the third consecutive day Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccination appointment system is expanding the age group who can book appointments.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday (March 13), any Saskatchewan resident aged 76 and over will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccination appointment booking system.

Both the online booking system, along with the telephone booking system 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., will be open for additional appointments starting Saturday morning.

Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 booking system launched to residents 85 and over on Thursday, and residents 80 and over were able to access the booking system all day today.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority reported that as of 11 a.m. today that over 10,636 appointment had been booked, including 5,616 appointments during the first three hours the booking network was available on Friday morning.

The online booking option has proven to be the most popular booking method with 8,552 appointments booked (80.4 per cent of all appointments), while 2,084 were booked via the phone line (19.6 per cent).

It was also pointed out that the phone booking system is still receiving calls from people who are age ineligible for vaccines, from people wanting to confirm their existing appointment, or individuals seeking general information for vaccine.

What you need to know about appointment availability
· Immunizations are only available by-appointment at this time. Drop-in and mobile clinics, as well as access through participating pharmacies will be available in the future.
· You can have a friend or family member call to register or schedule your appointment for you. Identification will be required at the time of the actual appointment.
· You will receive confirmation soon after your appointment has been made. There is no need to call the phone line to confirm appointment details.
· Clinic availability is dependent on vaccine availability. Additional clinics will be added as Saskatchewan receives more doses.
· At this time, existing demand for vaccine far outweighs our available supplies.
· The booking office does not have access to extra appointments than what is available online.
· Second dose appointments are not available at this time. Public communication will take place once these appointments become available.

Individuals are NOT eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine at this time if:
· You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
· You have received any other vaccine in the last 14 days.
· You have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine previously elsewhere.