The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is reminding South East (SE) residents that cases of COVID-19 are increasing and to book their vaccine appointments when their age categories open.
The patient booking system is available to all citizens aged 62 and over, including those living in border communities and those without Saskatchewan health cards, like new immigrants to our province. The tool can be accessed directly at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-vaccine, or residents can call 1-833-SASKVAX (1-833-727-5829). Family and friends who are not yet eligible can also book on behalf of someone who is eligible, either online or by phone.
Public communication will occur each time age group eligibility changes.
“The past year has been a trying time for so many of our communities, it is nearly impossible to put into words," says Dr. Tanner Schatz, a family physician in Humboldt. “So let me speak plainly as someone who had dedicated their life to education, medicine and the health and well-being of others: COVID is real. Vaccines are safe and they work. Please, for your own safety and the safety of your family and community and the collective good follow the necessary precautions, get tested, and get vaccinated."
Did you know? It can take up to two weeks to build immunity from your vaccine. Even after being vaccinated, 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:
Get tested if you are not feeling well: Testing is part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority's strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19. If you are not feeling well, have travelled out of province, or believe that you may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive or is symptomatic, be sure to get tested. You can get a referral to a community testing site by calling HealthLine 811, your family physician, or nurse practitioner.
How to avoid getting sick:
Recognize the symptoms: Stay home if you have symptoms and monitor yourself. Symptoms include: fever, cough, headache, muscle and/or joint aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, dizziness, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children), loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing.
COVID-19 is everywhere: Protect yourself and your family at all times during the pandemic by following all public health orders and recommendations and ensuring you do your part to stop the spread. COVID-19 is transmitted through coughing and sneezing (droplet transmission), and by touching surfaces with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. Every day we are learning more about COVID-19 and other ways it may be transmitted.
Get tested: Learn more about testing and take the online self-assessment Saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 to determine if you need to get tested. Testing is universally available to anyone who requests it, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. Please note that in accordance with the latest expert advice on COVID-19, testing for symptomatic people should take place immediately after the onset of symptoms. If the result is negative and symptoms persist, the test should be repeated 48 hours later. Residents may also contact their physician for a referral.
Care for yourself and others: Remember, anyone at any age can contract COVID-19, so be kind to each other and follow the recommended practices.
COVID-19 Alert APP : The Health Canada COVID Alert app is available to all residents at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app store. The app is another tool available to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by letting people know of possible exposures without sharing any personal information. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Apps webpage.