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Alberta opens next phase of COVID-19 vaccination program

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EDMONTON, AB – The province continues to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19.

Beginning Monday at 8:00 am (Mar. 15) phase 2A of coronavirus immunization begins. Phase 2A targets Albertans born between 1947 and 1956, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis born in 1971 or earlier.

AHS will offer appointment bookings by birth years. These appointments can be booked through the AHS online booking tool (ahs.ca/covidvaccine), or through Health Link 811 if people need booking assistance.

On Monday, Albertans eligible to book through AHS include Albertans born in 1947 or earlier and First Nations, Métis and Inuit people born in 1962 or earlier.

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Participating pharmacies are opening appointments to all phase 2A groups starting Monday. This includes all Albertans born in 1956 or earlier and all First Nations, Métis and Inuit born in 1971 or earlier. A list of participating pharmacies is available at https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/news/covid-19-immunization-program-information.php.

AHS says if the wait time is long when you call or go online to book, or you receive a busy signal through the 811 booking system, please visit later in the day.

(Alberta Health Services)

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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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