Alberta Plans To Widen Its Immunization Program Starting 15th March, Health Ministry Says

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Alberta is planning to widen its immunization program starting 15th March to include all persons below 75. Provided shipments arrive within the schedule. Each adult will be vaccinated by June, according to the health ministry.

Tyler Shandro, Health Minister, stated Thursday that by the end of June, they expected to have offered each adult in the province a dose of the vaccine.

Under the province’s expanding immunization program schedule to begin in the next two weeks, approximately 437000 additional persons aged between 65 and 74 will be inoculated, Shandro noted.

To prevent long queues when setting up an appointment, once phase 2A starts on 15th March, they plan to provide bookings in 2-year groups. On day 1, all persons aged between 73 and 74 will be allowed to book. On day 2, they will expand eligibility, allowing those aged 71 and 72 to book, and so forth.

The Ministry is still finalizing minor details; the actual start date will be communicated on 15th March, the Health Minister stated. Inoculation will start on the very day or the following one.

Alberta is finalizing details so that health officials can start inoculating the masses with the vaccine AstraZeneca, the Ministry stated. They have laid plans to inoculate 58500 adults aged between 50 and 64 in the first round with the vaccine.

Booking for immunization with the vaccine will begin on 10th March for persons born on or before 1957. Those born on or before 1958, and 1971, will have the opportunity to book in the following days, as long as the vaccine is available.

Those in the second group will be immunized with Pfizer and Moderna as suitable for that age range, chronic conditions, or living arrangements.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, and Shandro advised all persons to seek immunization as soon as possible, irrespective of the vaccine option.

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