With so much information coming at a person about COVID-19, sometimes it is difficult to tell fact from fiction.The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) recently began answering common questions sent to its social media and email accounts in a series called “You Asked…”on the SHA social media channels - Facebook and Twitter.
Here are the “You Asked…” questions and answers posted in recent weeks.
Q: When should I arrive for my scheduled appointment?
A: Answer: You are asked to arrive NO EARLIER than five minutes before your scheduled immunization appointment. This ensures physical distancing in the facility. If you happen to arrive earlier, stay in your vehicle and do not crowd the door. Thank you.
Q: I had my first COVID-19 vaccination dose. How do I book my second dose?
A: Second doses of your COVID-19 vaccination are not yet being booked. On March 4, 2021, the Government of Saskatchewan announced our province would be following the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendation to allow the extension of the interval between the first and second dose up to 4 months to allow as many people as possible to be vaccinated with the 1st dose. Details on second dose availability will be shared at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19 when it opens. More: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2021/march/04/accelerating-covid-19-vaccination-in-saskatchewan
Q: Do I get to choose the vaccine manufacturer?
A: No. The brand of vaccine available at a clinic can change at any time, based on availability. All the vaccines are safe and approved by Health Canada and will help to reduce the chance of severe illness and death. You are encouraged to take whatever vaccine is offered when you are eligible.