Regina drive-thru vaccine line reopens after temporary closure

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Some were allowed into the Evraz grounds in Regina, where vaccinations were being done by appointment and where COVID-19 testing was occurring, but some were being turned away as the Saskatchewan Health Authority announced a temporary line closure on Sunday. (Bryan Eneas/CBC - image credit)
Some were allowed into the Evraz grounds in Regina, where vaccinations were being done by appointment and where COVID-19 testing was occurring, but some were being turned away as the Saskatchewan Health Authority announced a temporary line closure on Sunday. (Bryan Eneas/CBC - image credit)

The line for vaccinations at the drive-thru immunization clinic in Regina was temporarily closed on Sunday.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority issued a statement on Facebook on Sunday just after 9:00 a.m. CST that said the line for vaccines at the International Trade Centre reached capacity but was expected to reopen before the end of day.

Just before 4 p.m. CST Sunday, the health authority announced the line would reopen at 4:30 p.m.

Those who were in line prior to the temporary closure were still able to get their vaccinations. Hours of operation at the facility were 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. CST.

A SHA communications staff said the wait times in Regina shot to eight hours upon opening the clinic on Sunday morning.

As of 1:00 p.m. CST Sunday, the provincial wait time website displayed a five hour wait time for vaccination. This dropped to a two-hour wait as of 4:00 p.m. CST.

Moose Jaw uses all allocated vaccines

Meanwhile in Moose Jaw, the drive-thru immunization facility at 750 Lillooet Street used its vaccine allocation up as of 12:46 p.m. CST.

A health authority statement said the clinic would reopen when additional vaccines were available again.

The drive-thru immunization clinic in Regina and the clinic in Saskatoon had previously shut down and reopened based on vaccine supply.

Residents 40 years and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 immunization at a drive-thru or walk-in facility in Saskatchewan. Essential workers and others eligible but younger than 40 can get vaccinated at a walk-in or drive-thru facility with proof of eligibility.

Appointments can also be made online, with pharmacies distributing the vaccine or by calling 1-833-727-5829.