REGINA - More people in Saskatchewan will be eligible for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday.

REGINA - More people in Saskatchewan will be eligible for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday.

Health Minister Paul Merriman says people 50 years and older will be able to book an appointment through a pharmacy or clinic.

A young person gets vaccinated at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. More people in Saskatchewan are becoming eligible for their fourth vaccination dose against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

A young person gets vaccinated at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. More people in Saskatchewan are becoming eligible for their fourth vaccination dose against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Merriman says the province is not expanding eligibility any further at this time to prevent overwhelming pharmacists.

He says an interval of four months between a third and fourth shot will be necessary.

People 70 and older, Indigenous people 50 and older, the immunocompromised, and residents of long-term, special and personal care homes are already eligible for a booster.

Saskatchewan's weekly COVID-19 report says unvaccinated people are five times more likely to end up in hospital with the virus and seven times more likely to die than those who have had three shots.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2022.