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Extension of time between COVID vaccine doses being considered in Alberta

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CALGARY, AB – It looks like the period of time between when the first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine are given to Albertans could be pushed back.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said during a press conference on Tuesday that is something being considered right now and more information will be coming soon.

“We are considering it,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro

“There is fantastic evidence coming out of the United Kingdom as well as Quebec and B.C. for us to feel certain that the length of time between first and second dose for the messenger RNA vaccines can be extended,” says Shandro.

The minister says what that length of time will be for Albertans, they don’t know just yet.

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British Columbia has announced it’s extended the length between doses one and two of the Pfzier, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines to four months. Evidence is showing one shot is giving protection against COVID-19 for at least 120 days.

An extension between doses could also means more people could get at least one shot sooner.

“As we have Pfizer vaccines, between 50,000 and 55,000 coming per week in the month of March and AstraZeneca finally coming to Alberta, it’s going to give us the opportunity to get more people vaccinated more quickly which is going to be fantastic news for Albertans,” says Shandro.

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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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