Today Regina opened up its Drive-Thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Evraz Place on the Regina Exhibition grounds for people 53 and 54 years of age ONLY. Anyone who is not eligible will not be vaccinated at this time. Individuals 55 years of age and older can still receive vaccine by booking online or via telephone.
Due to an increase in COVID-19 variants of concern (VoC) in Regina and area, residents are urged to seek vaccination as soon as they become eligible in order to protect themselves and those around them. Don’t hesitate. Vaccinate.
The drive-thru site will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. an will be on a first-come, first-served basis. ONLY those 53 and 54 years of age on the date of immunization will receive vaccine on Friday. Individuals who are now eligible are strongly encouraged to come to the drive-thru. No booking is required. The SHA will open up the drive-thru to additional age groups based on demand through assessment of line ups and vaccine delivered.
People arriving at the site for immunization can tune their radio to 107.5FM to receive important information about the immunization process. A site map and wait times, updated hourly, can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/drive-thru-vax. When on site, please be patient as lines can get long.
Please only access the drive-thru from the Lewvan Drive and 11th Avenue entrance (from the south only).To ensure a positive experience for those eligible and minimize waits, please do not attend either clinic, unless you have been advised your age is eligible.
Vaccine delivery changes
The SHA has re-allocated the AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the Regina mass immunization sites at the International Trade Centre and the University of Regina to allow for the administration of Pfizer vaccines through the drive-thru starting Friday, while vaccine supply is available.
The type of vaccine available at any clinic can change depending on a number of factors, but all vaccines are safe, effective and approved for use in Canada, and are extremely effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization. Changing which brand of vaccine is available in the Regina drive-thru improves the SHA’s overall vaccine access for everyone by removing age barriers for those under 55 and providing the opportunity to immunize as many residents as quickly as possible.
There is an increased risk of variant of concern transmission in Regina and area currently, and accelerating vaccination to younger age groups has been recommended. The decision to provide Pfizer in the Regina drive-thru for those under age 55 and AstraZeneca at the mass immunization sites for anyone 55 and over utilizes the vaccine allotments in the most effective manner. This abides by NACI guidelines on AstraZeneca for populations 55 and older only and provides flexibility to protect as many residents as possible below the age of 55, while still ensuring the safety of our oldest most vulnerable population.
If you are an eligible Phase 1 health care worker, or are a clinically extremely vulnerable patient under the age of 55 who is booked for vaccine through a mass immunization clinic, we will accommodate you. If you’re in Regina, all bookings at the ITC mass clinic remain unchanged but those booked for the U of R clinic will be rescheduled for the ITC site. You will be contacted to reschedule.
Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect ourselves from COVID-19 along with adherence to public health measures. All vaccines are approved for use by Health Canada and are considered safe. Please consider getting the first vaccine available to you. The best vaccine for you is the one you can get the quickest. If you wait for a specific vaccine, you run the risk of not having vaccine available at a later date as supplies can be unpredictable. Don’t hesitate. Vaccinate.
More information on all approved vaccines can be found at:https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-information/covid-19-vaccine-details
Until most Saskatchewan residents are protected by the vaccine, you must continue following all public health orders and guidelines. COVID-19 is everywhere in Saskatchewan. It is the responsibility of every person to strictly adhere to all public health orders and measures, including:
• Keep 2 metres away from others when in public and wear a mask.• Limit gatherings and ensure gathering sizes do not exceed public health orders.• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. • Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth or mask with unwashed hands.• Stay home if you are unwell; seek health care services when you help.• Regularly monitor your health for any COVID-19 symptoms and seek testing.
Thank-you for your patience as we enhance COVID-19 immunization access across the province in the coming weeks. For more information on COVID-19, including vaccinations, please visit saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.