Vaccines are being given in the Battlefords at least today (Saturday) and tomorrow at a drive-thru clinic by appointment. These photos were taken during a trip by a couple in their 90s to the former Kramer building in Battleford. The wait was about 15 minutes and no one had to leave the vehicle.
Health Minister Paul Merriman has said, “Appointment availability is driven by vaccine availability. At this time, no clinic in the province is able to receive enough vaccine to immunize all residents eligible in phase one.” In a statement he said, “As vaccine is available, local clinics will be available to eligible individuals and public health officials will be communicating those details directly.” He has also said the vaccine demand is outweighing the current available supply.
These vaccinations are part of Saskatchewan’s phase one of the delivery planfocused on vaccinating high-risk populations, people of advanced age, and health care workers who have been identified as a priority. Residents and staff in long-term care and personal care homes are being contacted directly. Priority health care workers are being contacted to book an appointment. People 70+ living independently in the community will receive information through direct contact, wherever possible, or through local media and social media where direct contact is not possible.
There were 5,211 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered yesterday in Saskatchewan, bringing the total number of vaccines administered in the province to 75,501. To date, this is the highest one-day total for vaccine delivery in the province.
Phase two, which moves on to the general popularion, is anticipated to begin in April.