The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Not all long-term care workers have received their vaccines including a Red Deer facility

There continues to be confusion in long-term care and supportive living facilities surrounding vaccine rollout.

On Jan. 18, Premier Jason Kenney said that the province had completed the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination at all of Alberta’s 357 long-term care and designated supportive living facility.

“This is a tremendous milestone,” he said at the time.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said Friday in a release that members at four Alberta Health Services long-term care and designated supportive living facilities and “many more” are still on the waitlist for the vaccine.

“Health-care workers, and all other essential employees, are already doing their part,” said AUPE vice-president Bonnie Gostola.

“They’re giving everything to the fight against the pandemic, treating patients, caring for vulnerable communities and making sure they don’t bring a deadly disease home to their families – they can’t also force the government to tell the truth.”

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In an email statement, a spokesperson for Red Deer’s Michener Extendicare Centre, said that they were able to provide access to the vaccine for 201 residents who gave consent.

She said they are waiting for further details regarding vaccines for employees.

“We continue to await further information from the AHS regarding next steps in the vaccination roll-out, including access for Michener Hill’s team members, who have worked tirelessly to protect our residents from the persistent threat of COVID-19,” Gallant said.



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