by Sierra D’Souza Butts
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Everyone 18 and over in Saskatchewan is eligible for a booster shot three months from their second dose, according to the Government of Saskatchewan.
Individuals are able to receive their booster shot at Public Walk In Clinics in the communities of Carlyle, Esterhazy, Langenburg and Moosomin.
Additionally, the provincial government is encouraging residents to pick up rapid test kits that are widely available to the public free of charge. People are able to pick up free rapid test kits at the Canalta Hotels in Moosomin and Esterhazy or the Moosomin COVID Test and Assessment Site, at the Whitewood Town Office, Kipling Town Office, Borderland Co-op in Kipling, and Redvers Public Library.
These tests are another important tool in surveillance of Covid-19 and will help keep families safe this holiday season. Over 8 million have been distributed to date, with an additional 4 million on the way.
In an announcement on Thursday, Premier Scott Moe mentioned that with the spreading of the new omicron variant being active in Canada, Saskatchewan residents should take extra measures to be safe.
“A new variant of Covid, omicron, a variant that we are becoming increasingly aware is much more transmissible than any other variant that we have faced, including the Delta variant,” said Moe.
“We are also quite aware that omicron is very present in Canada and is also present here in our province, Saskatchewan. We’re seeing a community spread in other provinces across this nation and I think as of today and moving forward, we in Saskatchewan should also assume that the community spread is happening in our province and we should conduct ourselves accordingly.”
Moe also stated that becoming vaccinated is the only way to path through this pandemic.
“Again we go back to the most effective tool that we have in addressing all of the variants, including omicron, is vaccines. Now today in Saskatchewan we do have 88 per cent of residents have one dose, 83 per cent have their second dose and we have now delivered 160,000 booster doses to those that are eligible 50 years age category and up.”
Previously, a person has to wait five months from when they received their second dose to get a booster. However starting today, the interval between shots is now reduced to three months.
“We have said from day one that vaccinations are our path through this pandemic, and that remains true today,” said Moe.
“As we head into the holiday season, I would ask the people of Saskatchewan to pick up a rapid test kit to have on hand in their household as another tool in the toolbox, and to book their appointment for a booster dose to continue preventing severe outcomes as we continue our fight together against Covid-19.”
Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator