Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Almost two in three Canadians surveyed recently said they trust COVID-19 vaccines to be both safe and effective. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Three Central Alberta cities offering Moderna walk-in, first-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Red Deer, Camrose and Provost will be open for first dose COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics for the Moderna vaccine.

Alberta Health Services said the three clinics are open because of a larger supply of Moderna.

The Camrose clinic will be open on July 3 from 1-3 p.m; Provost on June 20 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Red Deer until further notice, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AHS is recommending choosing Moderna for your second dose if you want an earlier appointment when booking through the AHS online tool.

To date, approximately 3,400 Albertans have chosen Moderna as their second dose after receiving Pfizer as their first dose so that they can complete their vaccine series faster.

Moderna and Pfizer are both mRNA vaccines and work in the same way. These vaccine products are considered to be interchangeable, according to AHS.