Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced today that bookings for Phase 2A of the COVID-19 vaccine program will open for Albertans between the ages of 65 and 74, and First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons age 50 or older on March 15. Vaccines will start being administered the same or following day.
Shandro also said all adults in Alberta will be offered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June.
Alberta is following guidance from the national vaccine advisory panel and has increased the time between COVID-19 doses thereby allowing more Albertans to be effectively vaccinated sooner. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has suggested first and second doses can be to up to four months apart if supplies are limited.
Alberta will open appointment bookings by age group and anyone born in 1947 will be eligible to book an appointment on Day 1, anyone born in 1948 will be able to book on Day 2 and so on.
First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people aged 50 and older will also receive the vaccine starting the week of March 15.
AstraZeneca Vaccines for Albertans aged 50 to 64:
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has said while AstraZeneca is just as effective as the others, due to incomplete data it recommends it not be given to those over 64.
Alberta for that reason will offer the available 58,500 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to adults 50 to 64 who don’t have a severe chronic illness.
Anyone between the ages of 50 and 64 who does not have severe chronic illness will be able to book an appointment online.
Bookings for AstraZeneca will start on March 10 with individuals born in 1957. If supply exists, Albertans born from 1958 to 1971 will be offered a chance to book in the following days, rolling one year at a time.
Those who want to wait for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines can do so and can expect to be vaccinated when Alberta begins rolling out those vaccines for the age group in early May.
Alberta has now administered a total of 266,231 doses of COVID-19 vaccines including 89,786 Albertans who have been fully immunized with two doses.
— With Files From the Canadian Press