Government of Alberta says it is introducing four new measures that immediately begin to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine deployment as infections and hospitalizations increase

The new measures will mean that approximately 500,000 more Albertans can be vaccinated starting Wednesday, April 7

“We are in a race between vaccines and variants, and finally the doses are coming in large numbers,” said Premier Jason Kenney

“We will use them to aggressively expand our deployment, speed up turnaround times and expand the means to get doses to Albertans We will meet or exceed our promise to provide every adult with a first dose by June 30 “

Beginning April 7 at 8 a.m., anyone born in 2005 or earlier with eligible underlying health conditions can book appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine at participating pharmacies or with Alberta Health Services ( AHS) online or by calling 811

People currently eligible for phase 2B are Albertans with underlying health conditions born in 1973 or before That’s roughly 150,000 Albertans. Expanding to those born in 2005 or before, 500,000 more Albertans will be eligible

Albertans aged 55 to 64 who do not have a chronic disease can now make an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine

From now on, anyone born between 1957 and 1966 can book appointments at participating pharmacies across the province AHS will also start making appointments from Monday April 12

AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective in reducing serious illness from COVID-19 Rare blood clots reported in Europe have not been reported in Canada and risk of COVID-19 infection is much higher than any vaccine risk

Based on current evidence, Albertans 55 and older who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are at least 10 times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit due to COVID-19, and at least 45 times more likely to need hospital treatment for COVID-19, that they will not experience any of the rare treatable blood clots reported in Europe

Albertans eligible in this phase may choose to wait until they receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to be available to them when Phase 2D opens in May

Reservations for fast-flow clinics in Grand Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat will open on Friday, April 9 More clinics will open in Edmonton and Calgary next week

Alberta will soon expand its vaccine rollout at participating pharmacies to allow walk-in reservations, rather than appointment-only reservations Additional information will be shared when walk-in pharmacies become available next week

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