As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Alberta Health Services opened bookings for the next birth years in Phase 2A. (CP file photo).

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Alberta Health Services opened bookings for the next birth years in Phase 2A. (CP file photo).

AHS expands vaccine eligibility in next phase of vaccine rollout

Patience is urged for those making vaccine bookings

Alberta Health Services has helped an additional 6,500 Albertans book COVID-19 immunizations since 10 a.m. Tuesday.

In total, about 17,300 Albertans have booked appointments through AHS since Phase 2A launched Monday morning.

Under Phase 2A, eligibility expanded to those born between 1947 and 1956, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis people born in 1971 or earlier.

People can book appointments through participating pharmacies. (A list is available at www.ab.bluecross.ca/news/covid-19-immunization-program-information.php.)

Some people in Phase 2A of the vaccine rollout are also able to book appointments using the Alberta Health Services (AHS) online booking tool, or by calling Health Link 811.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Albertans born in 1948 or earlier, and First Nations, Métis and Inuit people born in 1963 or earlier, are able to book through AHS.

These appointments can be booked online through ahs.ca/covidvaccine, or by calling Health Link 811 if people need booking assistance.

“To ensure the stability of the AHS online booking tool and 811, and to help make sure we do not have more people booking than we have available appointments, AHS will open up more appointments according to birth year as the week progresses,” states an emailed release.

“Updates to eligible birth years will be communicated by Alberta Health and AHS daily.”

If the wait time is long, or you receive a busy signal through the 811 booking system, please try later in the day. There are minimal waits after 5 p.m. and before 7 a.m.

Users who want to change COVID-19 immunization appointments are now able to do so through the online booking tool or Health Link 811.

“We understand the process of booking a COVID-19 immunization appointment may be confusing and stressful for some and sometimes this leads to high emotions. Please know all our teams are doing their best to book as many Albertans in to be immunized as quickly as possible. We are here to help. Please be patient. Abusive behaviour is not acceptable.”

Those who have questions about eligibility criteria, can visit alberta.ca/covid for more information.

For information on the vaccine rollout and how to book an appointment, visit www.ahs.ca/covidvaccine.

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