A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Alberta expands vaccine eligibility in Phase 2C and 2D

The province has moved into the final portion of its Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Starting Friday, individuals included in Phase 2C and 2D of the rollout will be eligible for a shot.

Firefighters and front-line police officers are included in this phase, as well as workers at locations with potential for large outbreaks, all Albertans aged 50 and older, and all First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons aged 35 and older.

With this expansion, more than 2.8 million Albertans will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

We are now able to offer vaccines to another half a million Albertans,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

“Every day, we are protecting more vulnerable Albertans. Soon, we will be able to go on to protect all adult Albertans in Phase 3, as long as we receive the vaccine supply we’ve been promised. We will continue to work to give a vaccine to all Albertans who want one.”

Staff and residents who provide care or support to Albertans in facilities previously not offered immunization, including frontline disability workers and workers in group homes, mental health or addiction treatment, children and youth group care, and campus-based care like secure services and other types of licensed supportive living are also in this phase.

Others include caregivers of Albertans who are most at risk of severe outcomes, household contacts and caregivers to those who have profoundly immunocompromised conditions and parents or guardians of children under 12 who have an eligible chronic condition (Phase 2B) but are unable to receive vaccine due to age.

Details about the rollout of Phase 3, which includes the general public, will be released in the coming weeks.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta.



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