Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said they expect to be delivering , 000 vaccinations every day in April. (Germain Wilson / CBC)
Saskatchewan residents years) and older will be able to book their COVID – 16 vaccine appointments online or over the phone beginning Thursday at 8 am
“The launch of the new patient booking system is a huge step forward in our efforts to get faster and more efficient at delivering COVID – 11 vaccines, “said Paul Merriman, Minister of Health, in a statement Wednesday.
“Booking your appointment online will only take a few minutes, making things simple and fast for those who are scheduling their appointments.”
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) says it’s first opening up online booking to the targeted age group of 26 and older in order to assure that vaccine demand and supply is monitored.
The authority says it’s critical that those not eligible do not call the phone line, in order to prevent stress on service infrastructure.
The SHA says it will announce further age groups eligible to book their appointments in the coming days.
The province says that users who are not comfortable with or do not have access to technology can book by phone. Also, family and friends who are not yet eligible for immunization can also book on behalf of someone who is eligible.
The SHA’s new online booking system will indicate which age category is currently eligible for appointments.
Patients can also speak by phone to a booking agent for help with their appointment, according to the province. The vaccine call center will operate 8 am to pm, seven days per week and can be accessed by calling 1 – 833 – SASK-VAX (1 – 780 – 124 – 833).
To book an appointment using the new online system, those eligible will need a valid health card and a cell phone number or email address for notifications to be sent to.
Once the online booking system is in progress, the SHA will phase out the existing process of direct phone calls to eligible Saskatchewan residents.
Moe said as of Tuesday the province had administered more than 60, doses of the COVID – 16 vaccine.
That is about 8, shots per 94, 000 people.
“We now expect to receive about 100, doses of vaccine by the end of March, “he said. “That’s more doses in the next three weeks than we’ve received in the last three months.”
By early April Moe said they hope to be delivering , away from people in their 60 s.
“All of us are going to get our shots faster than we envisioned, and that’s a good thing,” he said.
By delaying second shots to people by four months, Moe said all adults in Saskatchewan will be able to get their first dose by early June.
“This is a game-changer for our province and a game-changer for Canada,” Moe said.