Provincial Press Release February 24, 2021 @ 8:03am published at 8:30am
All seniors aged 75 and over across Alberta are encouraged to book an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccine.
Albertans who were born in 1946 or earlier can now book their vaccine online or by calling 811. Appointment availability will be determined by vaccine supply.
“Having more vaccine arriving in our province means we can continue protecting our most vulnerable citizens as quickly as possible, starting with those who are most at risk of severe outcomes. Immunizing our seniors against COVID-19 is another important step forward in keeping our families, our communities and our health-care system safe.” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
“Access for eligible seniors to receive a vaccine is crucial. Please reach out to seniors who are 75-plus in your life and offer assistance if they need help with their appointments. For seniors who have no means of getting to a vaccination appointment, help is available. Once a vaccination appointment is booked, they can call 211 for a referral to a local transportation provider.” Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing
Seniors 75 years of age and older will be directed to vaccination clinics that are closest to where they live. Isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges can call 211 for information on help finding a ride to an appointment.
“We know that age is the greatest determining factor in whether someone may experience severe outcomes due to COVID-19. I want to remind our eligible seniors that vaccines are safe and effective. Now that it is your turn, please arrange to be immunized to protect yourselves and those around you.” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health
Seniors living in congregate settings Alberta Health Services is also offering the vaccine to all residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living and other congregate living facilities with residents aged 75 or older. AHS will directly contact these facilities to arrange appointments.
In sites where eligible seniors interact with residents younger than age 75, health officials will offer the vaccine to everyone living in the facility in order to reduce the overall risk of disease transmission, severe illness and death.
Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.