Saskatchewan to launch COVID vaccination booking system Thursday




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Saskatchewan’s booking system for COVID-19 vaccination appointments is ready for launch.

Starting Thursday at 8 a.m., people in the province aged 85 and over will be able to book COVID vaccine appointments online or over the phone.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s online booking system can be found here. The system will show which age group is eligible for appointments at that time.

People also can make an appointment by calling 1-833-SASK-VAX (1-833-727-5829). The Vaccine Call Centre is to operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

“The launch of the new patient booking system is a huge step forward in our efforts to get faster and more efficient at delivering COVID-19 vaccines,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in a media release. “Booking your appointment online will only take a few minutes, making things simple and fast for those who are scheduling their appointments.”

All of the appointment times that are available will be shown online. Bookings at this point will only be for first doses.

The government noted that family members and friends who aren’t yet eligible to be vaccinated can book for someone who is eligible.

Those seeking to make an appointment will need a valid health card and a cellphone number or email address where notifications can be sent.

Once the online booking system is up and running, the SHA will stop its current strategy of phoning people who are eligible to get their shots.

“Eligible patients should go to the new booking system and not wait for a phone call,” the media release said.

The government also stressed only those 85 and over can use the system starting Thursday. Those in other age groups will be able to use the system when they’re eligible to be vaccinated at some point in the future.

“It is critical that residents that are currently not eligible do not call the phone line or attempt to book through this process at this time,” the media release said. “Doing so will unnecessarily stress critical infrastructure needed for these services and could result in delays getting eligible recipients immunized.”

The system will verify a person’s eligibility as they book an appointment. Identification will be required when a person arrives for their appointment to make sure the person who registered online or on the phone is the person seeking to be vaccinated.

“Despite being under unprecedented pressures, our health-care workers keep finding ways to serve our patients and residents better,” said Scott Livingstone, the SHA’s CEO.

“This is one more tool in our toolbox that will not only help us deliver COVID-19 vaccines quicker and more effectively, it is a system we can build on after the pandemic to create more seamless access for our patients to the services they rely on.”
Source: https://www.ckom.com/2021/03/10/saskatchewan-to-launch-covid-vaccination-booking-system-thursday/