Pharmacists in Alberta to begin giving out COVID-19 vaccinations
A pharmacist counsels a patient at London Drugs. Photo courtesy of London Drugs.
EDMONTON, AB – Just like during flu shot season, you’ll be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at your community pharmacy in the province.
With people 75 years of age and older now able to book their vaccination appointment, this aims to make it easier for seniors to get their dose as quickly as possible.
Starting February 24th, Alberta seniors in those age groups will be able to book their vaccination appointments at more than 100 participating community pharmacies only in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary for the time being.
The number of pharmacies is limited due to vaccine supply and strict storage and handling requirements for the vaccine. As more vaccine becomes available, additional pharmacies will be able to participate in other communities.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro says this is just the start. “Adding pharmacies to the vaccine rollout will allow us to continue ramping up our distribution program. As more vaccines become available, we will continue to expand our approach. We will keep administering vaccines as quickly and safely as possible.”
Appointments will start the first week of March. As more vaccine arrives, more participating pharmacies will begin to offer the vaccine. This is in addition to the online booking tool available to seniors through Alberta Health Services.
Alberta Health has been working with the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association to develop a program for pharmacists to provide vaccine in their communities.
A list of participating pharmacies is available online at Alberta Blue Cross.
Each participating pharmacy will adhere to strict protocols and has demonstrated experience with immunizations and the specialized skills needed to safely provide COVID-19 vaccines.
(Files from Alberta Government)