Several walk-in vaccination clinics open during holidays

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At least 12 communities in Saskatchewan will host walk-in clinics on Tuesday.  (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press - image credit)
At least 12 communities in Saskatchewan will host walk-in clinics on Tuesday. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press - image credit)

Five Saskatchewan communities hosted walk-in vaccination clinics on Monday, and several more are planned throughout the week.

In Regina, the old Costco played host to a clinic and a testing site on Monday. Over the noon hour, visitors to the clinic reported a smooth experience: little wait time, despite hundreds of people inside.

Allan Laird was one of the attendees. He said he rushed over when he heard about the limited wait times.

"I knew we had to get this done. So, get it done sooner rather than later and go home and enjoy the rest of my holidays," he said.

Madison Schmeltzer and Devon Scheck also braved the frigid cold to receive their boosters Monday. Schmeltzer, a healthcare worker, said she wanted to get the booster because of the arrival of omicron. Her fiance, Scheck, said it wasn't hard to convince him.

"it was a very one-sided conversation," he laughed. "'Hey, we're going to get the vaccine.' And no arguments on this side."

The couple offered up a pep talk for anyone sitting on the fence, hesitant about going to a clinic over the holidays.

"It's not terrible. You come here — you may as well while you're going out shopping anyway. It's a quick 10-minute stop," Scheck said.

"Get up, get dressed and go get your shot," Schmeltzer added.

In Saskatoon, two walk-in clinics were operating on Monday. A clinic at the Lawson Heights Mall closed midway through the morning because it ran out of supply. There was also a clinic at Confederation Mall.

Elsewhere in the province, Swift Current, North Battleford and Lloydminster also had walk-in clinics.

Here are the communities hosting walk-in or drive-thru clinics on Tuesday:

  • Battlefords - Finning Cat Building (391 Yellowhead Highway #16), 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Estevan - West Estevan Mall (120-1175 Nicholson Road), 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Fort Qu'appelle - Old Town Office (160 Company South), 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Grenfell - Grenfell Health Centre (721 Stella Street), 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Indian Head - Arrowhead Mall (311 Grand Avenue), 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • La Loche - La Loche Hospital Community Services (Dene Road), 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Melville - Horizon Credit Union Centre (575 2nd Avenue West), 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Pinehouse - Pinehouse Health Centre (Hilltop Avenue), 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Prince Albert - Gateway Mall (1403 Central Avenue), 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Regina - Al Ritchie Heritage Community Health Centre (1550 14th Avenue), 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Regina - Glen Elm Library (1601 Dewdney Avenue East), 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Regina - Regent Park Library (331 Albert Street), 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Saskatoon - Confederation Mall (300 Confederation Drive), 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

  • Saskatoon - Lawson Heights Mall (134 Primrose Drive), 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

  • Shellbrook - Parkland Integrated Health Centre (100 Dr. J.L. Spencer Drive), 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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