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18+ eligible for 2nd COVID-19 vaccine booster in Saskatchewan on Monday

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Starting Monday, the Saskatchewan government is expanding eligibility for the fourth doses (second booster) of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals 18 and older who have received a third dose four months ago or longer will be eligible to receive their fourth dose as of Monday.

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“Immunity is shown to wane over time and the provision of booster doses is demonstrated to provide increased protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death,” the province stated in a release.

Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said COVID-19 is still spreading in the province, which is why the government is expanding access to the vaccine.

“All COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada have been deemed safe and our preliminary data shows that a second booster provides additional protection,” Shahab said.

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Those looking to get their fourth dose can do so through the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Indigenous Services Canada, the Northern Inter-tribal Health Authority and at participating pharmacies throughout the province.

Walk-in clinics are also available.

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The SHA public booking system will open up on Friday and clinics will begin on Monday.

To book a COVID-19 immunization, visit the government’s website or call 1-833-SaskVax (727-5829).

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