Province opening up COVID vaccination bookings for 80-plus beginning tomorrow

Almost 3,000 people 85 and older have booked appointments for their COVID-19 vaccination in the first few hours of Saskatchewan's new booking system being launched.

More than 3,000 appointments made through COVID-19 vaccine booking system on first day

Residents who are 80 and over can now book vaccine appointments either online or by phone. (CBC News )

Beginning Friday, anyone 80 years of age and older can make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The first day of the province's new vaccine booking system went so well for those 85-plus that the age limit is being lowered, said a Saskatchewan Health Authority news release.

By Thursday afternoon, 3,836 people booked an appointment for a jab. Three quarters of the people made their appointments online as opposed to phoning in.

For those that phoned, the average wait time was about 126 minutes either on the line, or for those waiting for a call-back.

The phone line saw a total of 4,524 callers, though most calls were from people who were ineligible, wanting to confirm their existing appointment, or those seeking general information for the vaccines. 

"Some initial issues identified by SaskTel for individuals trying to connect to the phone line; these are being addressed as quickly as possible," the news release said.

For those 80 and over the telephone number to call to make an appointment is 1-833-727-5829.   

More information on COVID-19, including vaccinations is on the government's website.