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COVID-19: Over 100,000 Alberta seniors signed up for vaccines

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EDMONTON, AB. – Alberta seniors 75 and older have been signing up in droves to get their coronavirus shots.

The province says as of late Thursday over 100,000 vaccination appointments had been scheduled.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro issued the following statement:

“As of Feb. 25, 100,000 Alberta seniors over the age of 75 are now booked to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. An additional 22,000 seniors who reside in congregate care are also booked, with thousands more booked for appointments at pharmacies.

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“Combined with the 28,000 seniors in long-term care already vaccinated, well over half of Alberta’s 75-plus population is already vaccinated or booked to receive the vaccine.

“This is a significant milestone for our province and it deserves to be celebrated. Many other provinces remain days or even weeks away from even getting started.

“This milestone, however, doesn’t mean we can let our guard down. Yesterday, despite reassurances that the online vaccine booking tool was capable of handling a large volume of bookings, Alberta Health Services fell short of Albertans’ collective expectations.

“The online booking tool is now capable of handling more than 5,000 bookings per hour and the long wait times have subsided. I have further directed Alberta Health Services to add more servers, hire more staff, and add more phone lines over and above what may be needed for future phases of the vaccine deployment.”

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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