The province has expanded the availability of Paxlovid treatment to everyone who tests positive (via PCR or rapid test) with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms who are immunocompromised or at least 70 years old with designated risk factors, regardless of vaccination status.
People between 18 and 54 years of age that are not fully vaccinated but have a medical condition that puts them at high risk for severe outcomes are still eligible. The same goes for everyone between 55 and 69 who is not fully vaccinated.
"By blocking viral replication, early antiviral treatments aim to reduce the amount of COVID-19 virus the body has to fight but they are only effective when initiated in the first few days of infection," said the province in a press release. "For Paxlovid, you must be within five days of developing symptoms."
The Ministry of Health is reportedly working with physicians and pharmacists to increase the number of professionals able to prescribe Paxlovid. The province says more details on this will be released.
Saskatchewan's AstraZeneca vaccine supply expires on Saturday. The federal government will not be securing additional doses.
The province recommends booking an appointment immediately to complete a primary two-dose vaccination series with AstraZeneca, or to complete an AstraZeneca booster.
You can book an appointment by calling 1-833-SaskVax (727-5829).