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 vaccine rollout expanding to front-line health-care workers

More than 240,000 eligible health-care workers are now able to book vaccine appointments.

As part of Phase 2C of Alberta’s vaccine rollout, nurses, doctors, dentists and any health-care workers in patient care facilities or providing direct patient care in the community will receive the vaccine.

More than 1.7 million Albertans are eligible to book the COVID-19 vaccine under Alberta’s vaccine rollout.

“I am very pleased to be able to offer COVID-19 vaccines to the thousands of health-care workers and associated staff who have been doing their part to keep Albertans healthy during the pandemic. The more people we are able to immunize, the safer our province will be, and the sooner we will recover,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

The following groups of health-care workers age 18 and older can begin booking appointments for the vaccine:

— Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and all other health-care professionals and their office or support staff who provide in-person, direct patient care;

— Individuals working in patient care facilities or providing services directly to clients in the community for Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Alberta Precision Labs, and students undertaking placement practicums in clinical areas;

— Health-care workers on First Nation reserves and Métis settlements.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said “by protecting health-care workers, we are helping protect the vulnerable Albertans that they care for every day.”

“This is another step forward as we continue to administer the vaccines as quickly as we receive them, always aiming to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection first. I strongly encourage the 1.7 million Albertans who are currently eligible to book their appointment as soon as possible,” said Shandro.

Appointments can be booked through participating pharmacies, Alberta Health Services at 811 or online.

Health-care workers will need to provide proof of eligibility, such as personal identification that shows the individual’s birth date, and proof of employment or professional registration upon arrival at immunization appointments.

All other groups listed in Phase 2C will become eligible in the coming weeks. More information will be shared as each group becomes eligible to book appointments.



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