Some travel for hours to get a vaccine while nearby clinics offer another. The people of Regina and Saskatoon seem willing to wait hours behind the wheel.
Wait times in Saskatoon peaked at around four hours on Tuesday, while in Regina people waited up to six hours to get vaccinated.
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As for making an appointment, many had difficulty getting one, especially in Saskatoon.
Crystal Anderson McLeod ended up traveling an hour’s drive to Rosthern to get the Pfizer vaccine.
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“The difference was about nine days in terms of when I could get the appointment in Saskatoon,” she explained. “That’s why I drove, I chose to drive.”
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Although the demand is high, it seems to depend on the vaccine offered.
For example, the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) has started offering the AstraZeneca vaccine at its walk-in clinic at the SaskTel Center. He’s got enough to inject 330 people every day until Saturday, but people don’t show up.
“Yesterday we probably had about 55 walk-in people,” said tribal leader Mark Arcand.
“I hope people don’t buy their own specific vaccine, because any vaccine will help, that’s what I’m told,” he said.
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The clinic also offers the Pfizer vaccine by appointment. The demand is day and night; around 14,000 people have pre-registered for the shooting, according to Arcand.
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“We still have 10,000 people to be vaccinated who are pre-registered,” Arcand said, adding that some people choose to walk or travel out of town.
“Basically we have 10,000 people who have pre-registered. We could not get to today because the quantity of doses [of the Pfizer vaccine]. »
At a press conference on Tuesday, the provincial government maintained its feeling that the best vaccine is the one offered to you first and that it is worth the wait.
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“We see long lines at the drive because people want to be vaccinated. That’s a good thing, ”said Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone.
“As we continue to receive more vaccines, we are opening up the drive-thru even more. Expansion to more community pharmacies will also alleviate some of this wait time. “
The province announced Tuesday that its pharmacy program will expand further north, including several locations in Saskatoon.
The province said even with help, as age-based eligibility continues to open, appointments fill up quickly.
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