COVID-19: Demand for some vaccines in Saskatchewan high, low turnout at other clinics

COVID-19 vaccines are available to young people in Saskatchewan Amidst the coronovirus epidemic, demand is increasing, but it seems that some vaccines are more popular than others.

Some people are traveling for hours to get a vaccine while nearby clinics offer another. Both Regina and Saskatoon appear ready to wait hours on the drive-through.

The Saskatoon waiting time ended on Tuesday around four hours, while in Regina people waited for six hours to take a shot.

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For booking appointments, many people have found it difficult to get one, especially in Saskatoon.

Crystal Anderson McLeod ends an hour journey from Rostern to get Pfizer vaccinated.

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“The difference was about nine days as I could get an appointment in Saskatoon,” she explained. “So that’s why I drove, I chose to drive.”

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While the demand is high, it depends on which vaccine is introduced.

For example, the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) began offering the AstraZeneca vaccine at its walk-in clinic at the Saskatel Center. It is enough to inject 330 people every day until Saturday, but people are not visible.

“We were about 55 people who came as walk-ins yesterday,” tribal chief Mark Arcand said.

“I hope people aren’t shopping for their own, specific vaccine, because any vaccine will help what I’m being told,” he said.

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Pfizer is also offering the vaccine through clinic appointments. The demand is night and day; According to Arkand, about 14,000 people placed the bet for the shot.

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“We still have 10,000 people who get vaccinated, who are already registered.”

“Basically we have got 10,000 people who are pre-registered. We have not been able to get till date because the quantity of the dose [of the Pfizer vaccine]”

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At a press conference on Tuesday, the provincial government stood by its spirit that the best vaccine if you are offered first, and it is worth the wait.

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“We are seeing a long line-up at the drive-through because people want to get vaccinated. This is a good thing, ”said Scott Livingstone, CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

“As we continue to get more vaccines we open more drive-throughs. Expanding to more community pharmacies would also ease some of that waiting time. “

The province announced on Tuesday that this pharmacy program would expand further north, including several locations in Saskatoon.

The province said, even with aging, eligibility has started opening up, appointments are filling up fast.

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