The provincial government confirmed today that Saskatchewan pharmacists are on board to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase Two of the vaccination plan later this spring.
Selected community pharmacies across the province will be cleared to administer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which the province says will significantly increase public access to the vaccine and improve the rate of immunization.
“We appreciate that Saskatchewan pharmacists are ready to step up and deliver the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Health Minister Paul Merriman, in a press release. “The Government of Saskatchewan is working hard to make sure COVID-19 vaccine is safely delivered into the arms of Saskatchewan residents through all possible avenues.”
Few details about the pharmacy delivery plan have been released, including which community pharmacies will be participating, as it is still under development between the provincial government and the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan.
The government is currently negotiating a Proprietor Agreement with the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan on behalf of all Saskatchewan pharmacies, which will determine the delivery fee for pharmacists to administer the vaccine, increases in dispensing fees and influenza vaccine fees. The agreement will come into effect beginning March 1, for a one-year term.
Vaccine delivery at pharmacies will supplement the other methods public health will use to administer the vaccine in Phase Two, including mass immunization clinics, drive-through vaccine clinics and mobile immunization units.
Information on COVID-19 vaccine delivery and clinic announcements can be found at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19-vaccine.