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Long wait times at Regina, Saskatoon COVID-19 drive-thru reopenings

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Those waiting to get their COVID-19 vaccine at drive-thrus in Regina and Saskatoon were faced with long wait times on Saturday and Sunday.

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Regina’s drive-thru reopened on Sunday after closing on April 16 after it had used up its vaccine supply.

In Regina, the peak wait time was over six hours between 8 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. By 3 p.m., the wait time was reduced to about two hours.

Saskatoon’s drive-thru was temporarily closed on April 18 at the end of day. It reopened Saturday morning.

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In Saskatoon, the peak wait time on Saturday was up to seven hours long, and three-and-a-half hours long on Sunday.

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Saskatchewan should see more vaccine supply arrive in the coming weeks. According to the federal government’s allocation, 63,180 Pfizer doses will be arriving between May 3 and May 9.

The weekly Pfizer delivery amount will remain the same until the week of May 31 and June 6, when 74,880 vaccine doses will be delivered.

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As for Moderna, Saskatchewan should see 49,800 doses delivered from April 26 to May 16.

A list of drive-thru and walk-in vaccination clinics and hours is available on the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s website.

Currently, anyone 40 or older in Saskatchewan can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the age-based immunization program. In the Northern Administrative District, individuals 30 and over are eligible to receive a vaccine.

Officials also opened eligibility up for a number of front-line worker groups. A list of those occupations and instructions on how to get the vaccine can be found on the saskatchewan.ca website.

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