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Alberta could start general public COVID-19 vaccinations by June

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CALGARY, AB – Most of Alberta could start to set vaccinated against COVID-19 a lot sooner than first planned.

Premier Jason Kenney held another Facebook live session Tuesday night (Jan 12) and took several questions about the pandemic and the provincial and federal vaccine rollout.

He says the plan is start vaccinating Albertans 75 and older, not in long-term care, starting next week (Jan 18-23) and move on with the program from there.

“Then we’ll start moving down that age bracket gradually,” said the Premier. “Based on current projections and vaccine supply, we should be able to open it up to sort of the general population by the summer, around June. It all depends on the supply the federal government gets for us.”

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At Christmas time, Alberta Health Services posted to its website that vaccinations for the general population in the province wouldn’t likely start till the fall of 2021, however that appears to be getting pushed up significantly with Kenney’s projections.

Alberta’s goal is to give out 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine each week by the end of January and 200,000 shots each week by late March.

Kenney says during the yearly influenza inoculation program, Alberta has been able to give out between 200,000 and 400,000 vaccinations a week, so he’s confident the same can happen with the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Premier said earlier this week that Alberta would start to run out of COVID-19 vaccine very soon unless the province gets a large shipment immediately.

The federal government, meanwhile signed an agreement with Pfizer for an additional 20 million doses of its COVID-19. Those shipments are expected in April and May.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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