A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. A new survey says eroding trust in scientists, CEOs and journalists could hamper the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

AHS addresses ‘long lineups’ at immunization clinic lines

Everyone who has booked an appointment will be vaccinated, says Alberta Health Services.

AHS said in a statement Thursday some COVID-19 immunization clinics in the province are experiencing long lineups of individuals waiting to receive the vaccine.

“We are adding additional staff and signage at sites to encourage people with appointments to wait in their vehicles until their appointment times. Each appointment is booked in 10-minute increments. This helps ensure we can maintain social distancing at all immunization clinics,” said AHS.

READ MORE: Red Deer senior concerned after vaccine appointment booking delays

Some individuals are arriving at appointments 30 to 60 minutes in advance, and as a result, wait lines are forming outside the facilities, said AHS.

“We ask that all clients wait in their cars until five minutes before their appointment and not arrive more than 10 minutes early.

“Please respect each other’s designated appointment time and help ensure everyone continues to follow Alberta’s public health guidance. We also ask that only those receiving their vaccination enter the immunization clinic unless you require assistance.”



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