H1N1 shots for all begin Tuesday in Regina
With swine flu vaccination clinics opening in Regina for the general public on Tuesday, officials are urging people not to rush.
For weeks, the province's health regions have been phasing in vaccinations by priority, with front-line health care workers, pregnant women, children and people with certain health conditions getting immunized first.
Now, everyone can get a shot, which officials say should be highly effective in helping people avoid the pandemic strain of H1N1 influenza A virus that causes swine flu.
More than 300,000 people have already received the H1N1 vaccine, with another 66,500 doses scheduled to arrive this week.
In Regina, vaccinations for the general public will run from 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the former Robert Usher Collegiate from Tuesday to Saturday. Vaccinations begin again on Nov. 30 and run to Dec. 4.
People can also get their shots at Mosaic Stadium (Green and White room) on Wednesday and from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.
Outside Regina, clinics in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region will be held Tuesday in White City (at the White City School), Southey (at Southey School) and Lestock (at the town hall).
Vaccinations in other rural communities in the region will be held from Wednesday to Dec. 1.
People are being told to bring their health cards and consent forms.
Detailed schedules for the clinics are on the Regina-Qu'Appelle Health District's website (www.rqhealth.ca).
General H1N1 vaccinations for people in Saskatoon begin on Wednesday.