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COVID-19 vaccinations expand to include 11 pharmacies in Lethbridge

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EDMONTON, AB – A major ramp up in Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The government is now expanding the vaccination plan to 259 pharmacies in 107 communities across the province.

That includes 11 pharmacies in Lethbridge now approved to give shots.

Premier Jason Kenney says the number of participating pharmacies will continue to grow as more shots arrive, however he contends supply still remains an issue.

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“We need the federal government to keep its word and actually deliver the doses they have confirmed,” stressed Kenney outside of an Edmonton pharmacy Thursday afternoon. “If, and this is a pretty big if, but if we get the vaccine supply we’ve been promised, we’ll eventually expand the immunizations across the province to include over 1,300 pharmacies.”

That’s on top of communities doctors giving vaccines and AHS clinics.

The Premier was adamant again that Alberta continues to be let down by the federal government on the vaccine supply front. He says the government is very much ready to keep giving the shots, we just need a constant supply.

Kenney is encouraging Albertans to please a book an appointment as soon as you can when you’re eligible at a nearby pharmacy which is giving the shots. A full list can be found on the Alberta Blue Cross website

Community pharmacies will end up being the largest provider of the vaccine to Albertans.

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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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