Alberta opens Phase 2A of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Alberta is moving into the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination plan, opening vaccine appointments to even more seniors in the province.

Starting Monday, March 15, seniors born between 1947 and 1956 will be able to book their vaccine appointment. First Nations, Métis and Inuit born in 1971 or earlier can also book their appointment starting Monday.

“Momentum is building in Alberta’s vaccine rollout plan, and we are well on our way to delivering on our commitment to provide a first dose to every adult who wants one by the end of June,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro said in a statement Friday afternoon.

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Phase 2A also includes staff and residents of licensed seniors supportive living facilities. Alberta Health Service will contact the facilities directly to arrange vaccination.

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While the vaccination program has opened up to more Albertans, certain age groups have to book their appointment in certain ways.

All Albertans born between 1947 and 1956 will be able to book their vaccine appointment at a participating pharmacy on March 15.

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First Nations, Métis and Inuit born in 1971 or earlier living on or off reserve can also book at a participating pharmacy.

Starting March 15, AHS will limit bookings to Albertans born in 1947 and First Nations, Métis or Inuit living off-reserve or off-settlement and born in 1962 or earlier.

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Those groups can book an appointment by calling 811.

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“The more people who step forward for vaccination when it’s their turn, the faster we’ll reduce the spread of the virus and resume activities that are important to all of us and our communities.”

Anyone 50 or older who lives on a First Nation reserve or on a Métis settlement can get vaccinations through local clinics on reserve or settlement.

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The AstraZeneca vaccine will be available to Albertans born between 1957 and 1971 as well as First Nations, Métis or Inuit born between 1972 and 1986, based on supply.

Appointments are being made available based on birth year and are currently available to be booked by people born between 1957 and 1960 and First Nations, Métis and Inuit born 1972 to 1975.

As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, more than 40,000 eligible Albertans had signed up to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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