Saskatchewan's cutoff age for booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments drops again

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REGINA — Saskatchewan's effort to immunize members of the general public against COVID-19 is expanding to people in their early 70s.

On Friday, the province began taking appointments for people aged 80 and older, and on Saturday bookings were being accepted for anyone 76 and older.

Now the government says people 72 and older will be able to book an appointment as of 8 a.m. Sunday.

Bookings can be made online or by phone, although officials say it's faster online.

A drive-thru clinic to administer the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine opens Monday in Regina, but only for people who are 64, and only on a first-come, first-served basis.

The province's daily COVID-19 update on Saturday notes that over 100,000 vaccine doses have now been administered.

Saskatchewan is also reporting 153 new cases of COVID-19 as well as the virus-related death of one person in the Saskatoon zone.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 13, 2021.

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