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Mobile vaccination units to focus on Sask. first responders, health care workers

Mobile vaccination units will focus on first responders in the province next, says public health
mjfd fire truck file photo
Moose Jaw Fire Department. (file photo)

The province has announced that mobile immunization units will soon be deployed to focus vaccination efforts on first responders and public health workers across the province.

Mobile immunization units are currently providing vaccines to group homes and shelter residents and staff but will be moving on once finished to vaccinate police officers, firefighters and public health workers dispatched to workplace settings.

Paramedics were already prioritized for vaccination during Phase One of the vaccine delivery plan.

"As we continue to make great progress in our vaccine delivery, we are able to utilize our mobile vaccination unit capacity to target those first responders that are assisting in enforcement of our public health orders," said Health Minister Paul Merriman, in a press release.

Mobile units are expected to finish vaccinating at congregate living settings within the next two weeks. Units will then travel to the central workplaces of the listed first responders to deliver vaccines, to reduce the risk of transmission for personnel as they enforce public health orders.

The vaccination of first responders already began on April 10 and 11 during low wait times at the Regina drive-through clinic, as local police officers received a first dose of the vaccine due to heightened concerns of COVID-19 variants.

For more information about the vaccine rollout in Saskatchewan, visit saskatchewan.ca.COVID19-vaccine.