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Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to be available in Saskatchewan for ages 12 and up

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The province says it will be available at health authority-booked and walk-in clinics, as well as clinics in Indigenous communities.

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This photo shows a vial of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, Bivalent, at AltaMed Medical clinic in Los Angeles, California, on October 6, 2022. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP)
This photo shows a vial of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, Bivalent, at AltaMed Medical clinic in Los Angeles, California, on October 6, 2022. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP) Photo by RINGO CHIU /AFP via Getty Images

REGINA — People in Saskatchewan aged 12 and older will be able to get the Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday.

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The province says it will be available at health authority-booked and walk-in clinics, as well as clinics in Indigenous communities.

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Some pharmacies will also start getting the Pfizer booster doses next week.

The province says people are eligible if it has been four months since their previous dose.

Bivalent vaccines target both the original strain of the coronavirus and its Omicron variant.

The Pfizer version was approved by Health Canada earlier this month.

COVID-19 levels remain elevated across the province, and experts are warning that a prolonged surge of infections could be coming as the seasonal cycle of fall and winter returns.

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“There’s still quite a bit of the virus circulating in our communities,” Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, an epidemiologist at the University of Saskatchewan, said this week. “What we’re seeing is not trending down, but kind of a gradual rise.”Recently released weekly wastewater analysis reports showed the viral RNA load of COVID-19 in both Saskatoon and Regina to be continually high, with Saskatoon considered unchanged from the week prior but Regina noting an increase. Viral loads decreased in both Prince Albert and North Battleford week-over-week. Levels in the former are considered moderate, while the latter is still described as high.

Muhajarine said it’s fair to anticipate infections increasing even further in the coming weeks, as Saskatchewan transitions to colder weather and increased indoor activity.

— With Postmedia files from Larissa Kurz

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