February 22nd, 2021
A vaccine roll-out plan was announced on February 19th, and you can now sign up to get notified when you qualify.
Vaccinating Those Over 75
Starting February 24, 2021, Albertans who were born in 1946 or earlier are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1B of the provincial vaccination program. The vaccine will be provided to seniors 75 year of age and older in two doses. These doses will be approximately 5 - 6 weeks apart. This aligns with the approach recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
How to Book
Appointments cannot be booked online or through Health Link until February 24. Please do not call in advance.
Starting February 24, Albertans who are over 75 can use the AHS online booking tool to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated with options for a time, date, as well as a window to book the second dose within the recommended 32 to 42 days.
Those over 75 may also call Health Link to book an appointment through a Health Link nurse. Appointments can be booked for both the first and second doses.
Seniors must return to the same clinic to receive their second dose of the vaccine to ensure appropriate timing between doses and to help manage vaccine supply.
Family members can book on behalf of those over 75 who are eligible to receive the vaccine. They will need the Alberta Health Care number and date of birth of the person being vaccinated and can make the appointment from a desktop computer or hand held device.
What to Bring
Those being vaccinated will need to bring government issued ID and their Alberta Health Care number with them to their appointment.
Those requiring transportation assistance can call 211 for available transportation options. Seniors that are immobile and unable to make arrangements to get to a vaccination clinic should discuss with their families and health care providers what additional arrangements can be made.
Lodges and Private Supportive Living
Residents living in one of these facilities will be contacted directly through their care team when the vaccine will be provided onsite.
Residents do not need to book their own appointment, or call Health Link to make these arrangements. All arrangements will be made through site leadership and the care teams at each facility.
How Families/Friends Can Help
Families and friends of those over 75 who are eligible to receive the vaccine are encouraged to help book appointments and provide transportation for their loved ones. They are able to book appointments on behalf of their loved ones through the online booking tool and Health Link by calling 811.
Reopening with care
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw has indicated the following measures to occur as of February 8th during Phase 1 of the reopening:
Dr. Hinshaw said the following: “Under Phase 1, children’s sport and performance activities, one-on-one indoor personal fitness, and dine-in service at restaurants and other places will occur, with public measures in place to help limit spread. We will continue to monitor metrics based on cases and growth, including COVID-19 variants, and use those to guide our decisions around the need to pause further steps or potentially increase restrictions in the future.”
British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry indicated that the public health measures must continue.
Dr. Henry said the following: “It’s important that we remain vigilant and follow public health guidance so we can continue on the path forward. Please continue to refrain from indoor social gatherings. Wear a mask when in an indoor public setting and stay home if you’re sick.”
We all want to get to the days of fewer restrictions. The timeline for easing restrictions depends on our individual actions, and factors like variants of concern, vaccine supply, and hospitalizations. We need a little more time and to keep following the data & science.
Working together towards safer days ahead
All #COVIDBC public health orders and restrictions in B.C. are being kept in place. We need to use this time to reduce the potential for new COVID-19 variants to spread in the province as we await more vaccines from the manufacturers. Together, we can get to the brighter, safer days ahead!
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