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Limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine made available to seniors in select areas: SHA

The SHA is opening up a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine to people in the 70-plus age group in select communities and invites applicable seniors to book appointments. Caryn Lieberman / Global News

Editor’s Note: The SHA previously stated the doses are being offered to people in the 80-plus age group. This article has been altered to reflect this change.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) announced on Wednesday that it’s making a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine available to people in the 70-plus age group in Wakaw, Cudworth, Rosthern and surrounding areas.

All three towns are in the north-central 3 sub-zone.

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The Pfizer vaccine will be available this coming weekend to Saskatchewan seniors who are living independently in the area and are able to travel to immunization clinics, according to a press release.

SHA said the vaccinations are by appointment only and will be entirely dependent on supply.

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Booking information for the immunization clinics is as follows:

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Wakaw, Cudworth and area seniors

  • Friday, Jan. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 16, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Call 1-306-233-4443 to book an appointment.

Rosthern and area seniors

  • Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call 1-306-682-1227 to book an appointment.

SHA advises motorists to keep travel safety in mind as this weekend’s weather forecast calls for extreme winter driving conditions in some areas of the province.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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