Saskatchewan Expands COVID-19 Booster Dose Eligibility – .

Saskatchewan Expands COVID-19 Booster Dose Eligibility – .

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that it will expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination booster program effective October 25.

Eligible residents will be able to begin reserving their booster doses online through the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) online reservation system. People can also go to a clinic or pharmacy to receive their reminder.

However, the government said on Tuesday that eligible groups will not be added to the online registration system nor will they be able to make an appointment at a clinic or pharmacy before Monday.

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COVID-19 booster injections will be given at least six months after the administration of the second dose for the following groups:

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  • Individuals aged 65 and over.
  • Individuals living in the Far North area of ​​the province and those living in First Nations communities, aged 50 and over.
  • Healthcare workers, who will be required to present a copy of their license issued by their occupational regulatory body or a workplace pay stub at the time of vaccination. SHA staff will be required to show their ID.
  • People born in 2009 or earlier with underlying health conditions who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including:
    • People with severe respiratory diseases, including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections, such as homozygous sickle cell anemia
    • People who have had their spleen removed
    • Adults with very serious developmental disorders that increase risk, such as Down syndrome
    • Adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
    • Significant neuromuscular disorders requiring respiratory support

“Those with the above underlying medical conditions, the Department of Health will send a letter to your doctor or nurse practitioner for presentation at the time of vaccination,” the government statement read on Tuesday.

“The vaccination record will be confirmed at the clinic or pharmacy to ensure that at least six months have passed since your last COVID-19 vaccination. “

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Health officials recommend that people receive the same type of vaccine for their booster shot if they have received two doses of an mRNA vaccine.

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For those who have received two different types of vaccines, the third dose should be the corresponding mRNA vaccine, according to public health. This means that a full dose of the type of vaccine an individual received for their second dose will be given as a booster.

Residents who have received two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine are recommended to receive a booster of the mRNA vaccine.

Travelers or people in long-term care or personal care homes who have already received their third dose do not need a fourth injection.

“The third dose already received offers the necessary increased protection; you do not need any further doses at this time.

The government has said more populations eligible for booster vaccinations will be announced in the coming weeks.

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