More than 650,000 Albertans eligible in the rest of the Phase 2C and 2D vaccine rollout will be able to book appointments starting April 30.
Vaccinating the final two groups of Phase 2 will protect vulnerable Albertans and those who support them, workers at locations with potential for large outbreaks, all Albertans aged 50 and older, and all First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) persons aged 35 and older.
With this expansion, more than 2.8 million Albertans will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine,” Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta said in a news release. “By opening up the rest of Phase 2C, as well as Phase 2D, we are now able to offer vaccines to another half a million Albertans. Every day, we are protecting more vulnerable Albertans. Soon, we will be able to go on to protect all adult Albertans in Phase 3, as long as we receive the vaccine supply we’ve been promised. We will continue to work to give a vaccine to all Albertans who want one.”
- Staff and residents who provide care or support to Albertans in facilities previously not offered immunization, including front-line disability workers and workers in group homes, mental health or addiction treatment, children and youth group care, and campus-based care like secure services and other types of licensed supportive living.
- Caregivers of Albertans who are most at risk of severe outcomes, including:
- Designated family support people of those individuals in long-term care, designated supportive living and licensed supportive living facilities.
- Household contacts and caregivers to those who have profoundly immunocompromised conditions.
- Parents or guardians of children under 12 who have an eligible chronic condition (Phase 2B) but are unable to receive vaccine due to age.
- Front-line policing and provincial sheriffs who interact with residents at shelters, correctional facilities and remand centres, Canadian Border Security Agency staff and firefighters.
- Albertans between the ages of 50 and 64.
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit between the ages of 35 and 49.
These Albertans will be able to book appointments through the AHS online booking tool, 811 or participating pharmacies provincewide. AHS will contact eligible home care individuals for their immunizations, or individuals can call 811 to discuss options.
“Moving to protect over a half million more Albertans means we are closer to our goal of offering all adult Albertans the vaccine, and keeping even more of us safe,” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health said.
Proof of eligibility is required for immunization of staff of eligible facilities and designated support persons. This will include:
- For staff of congregate facilities, proof of employment (such as a letter from their employer).
- For designated family support persons, a letter from the congregate living facility (e.g., group home, speciality schools, etc.) is required.
- An honour system approach will be used for household contacts of profoundly immunocompromised individuals and children under 12 with high-risk medical conditions.
All Albertans eligible in Phase 1, 2A, 2B or the first part of 2C are encouraged to book their vaccination appointments, as they are currently eligible for vaccine.
Details about the rollout of Phase 3 will be released in the coming weeks. Further expansion of Alberta’s vaccination program depends on vaccine supply from the federal government.
As of April 27, 1,497,256 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta.