More physicians across the province will now be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine.
In April, the province chose 20 physicians across Alberta to administer the vaccine to eligible patients.
An additional 60 clinics will now participate in the program, although those clinics will not be made public. Bookings will be handled directly.
“We know that physicians are a trusted health-care provider and this will help reach many people who are eagerly waiting for their chance to get the vaccine,” said Minister of Health Tyler Shandro in a news release.
Participating clinics will offer the Moderna vaccine, with about 8,200 doses expected to be administered by family physicians, staff and teams.
Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program will look to expand the number of participating clinics as the vaccine supply increases.
“Our community physicians are a trusted source of information and are uniquely positioned to help patients understand the benefits of vaccination,” said Dr. Paul Boucher, president, Alberta Medical Association in a press release.
“I am confident that their expertise will help reach patients that might not otherwise seek to be vaccinated and will add significant capacity to the vaccination effort.”