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South side pharmacy, first in Lethbridge to offer COVID-19 vaccinations

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – More and more pharmacies across Alberta will be starting to give out COVID-19 vaccines.

In Lethbridge, the Medicine Shoppe on 20th Street South by the hospital is the first pharmacy in the city to start inoculations next week.

Pharmacist owner Vishal Sukhadiya says to start, this will be open to seniors 65 and over the week of March 15th. “When they come in, they need to bring their Alberta Health Card and photo I.D. just to make sure we aren’t inadvertently giving out or scaling down the doses.”

Sukhadiya says people in that 65 and over age group can call the pharmacy or go online to their Facebook page to book their COVID vaccinations.

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The pharmacy has been told it will be able to provide at least 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week to begin with.

To start with this program, Alberta Health has chosen pharmacies which have had a history of handling a large number of vaccinations during flu shot season. More pharmacies will be added to the program in the days and weeks ahead.

Sukhadiya expects with the way things are going with vaccine shipments coming into the province, the 65 plus age group will be entirely vaccinated within the next two weeks. He expects additional age groups will open up quickly after that.

The Alberta government has said if current vaccine supply continues as promised by Ottawa, every adult Albertan should have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June.

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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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