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Current Alberta bookings for AstraZeneca running out

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EDMONTON, AB – Alberta Health Services is nearing the maximum number of bookings it can schedule for the current supply of the Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Eligible Albertans are encouraged to book their appointments online or by calling HealthLink at 811 until 4;00 on Sunday. After that time, bookings for any remaining doses of Covishield/AstraZeneca will be available only through 811.

Albertans who were born in 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961, and First Nations, Métis and Inuit people born in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1976 are eligible for Covishield/AstraZeneca.

There will not be another birth year opening at this time, due to the limited number of doses remaining. AHS anticipates additional Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine this spring.

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Alberta received an initial allotment of 58,500 doses of Covishield/AstraZeneca.

Once additional supply of Covishield/AstraZeneca arrives, AHS will open the same birth years again to ensure all individuals that want this vaccine, and are eligible, will receive it.

For individuals who choose not to receive the Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine, AHS anticipates being able to immunize these individuals using other vaccine products sometime in May.

Timelines are subject to change depending on vaccine supply. It’s expected that all Albertans, 18 years of age and over, will have the opportunity to receive their immunization by June.

Covishield is the brand name of a vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India that is the same as AstraZeneca. This vaccine was approved for use in Canada on February 26, is safe and effective, and will help prevent serious illness.

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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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