Prairie Post (West Edition)

All Albertans 12+ eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine


All Albertans over the age of 12 will soon be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and stop the spike.

After offering vaccine to Albertans most at risk for severe outcomes, Alberta has now progressed to Phase 3, where everyone over the age of 12 can make an appointmen­t to receive their first dose.

With this expansion, 3.8 million Albertans will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

To avoid overwhelmi­ng booking systems, appointmen­ts will be staggered in two age groups.

• Starting on May 6, every Albertan 30 or older (born in 1991 or earlier), can book an appointmen­t through Alberta Health Services or a participat­ing pharmacy.

• On May 10, appointmen­t bookings will expand to include Albertans ages 12 to 29 (born in 2009 to 1992). More than 1.66 million doses of vaccine have now been administer­ed across the province. All vaccine appointmen­ts will continue to rely on the incoming supply to Alberta.

“We need every Albertan who is eligible to book their appointmen­t and get immunized. It may take time at first, but please be patient and book your appointmen­t in the coming weeks. This is the most important thing you can do to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and your communitie­s.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health All eligible Albertans will be able to book appointmen­ts to receive a mRNA vaccine with AHS online or through 811.

Albertans can also book an appointmen­t for these vaccines through participat­ing pharmacies. To find the closest location to you with an earliest available booking date, check the list on Alberta Blue Cross.

Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihood­s with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.

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