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Alberta ramps up vaccine rollout; Lethbridge getting rapid flow clinic

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CALGARY, AB – Lethbridge is one of five Alberta cities to get a rapid flow clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Premier Jason Kenney said Tuesday bookings will open for these special clinics on Friday, April 9th in Lethbridge as well as in Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, and Fort McMurray.

He notes more clinics will open in Calgary and Edmonton next week.

“Government and Alberta Health Services are working with those municipalities to secure large facilities that can safely accommodate large volumes of people to be immunized in a short period of time,” said Premier Kenney.

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Bookings for those eligible Albertans can be made with Alberta Health Services online or by calling 811.

Kenney says vaccines are “our ticket” out of this pandemic and the sharp decline in deaths in elderly Albertans is proof of that.

“Widespread vaccination in the finish line we all need to head for,” says Kenney. “We are well on our way and well positioned to offer every adult Albertan who wants a vaccine, their first dose by the end of June if the federal government provides the supply that we require and that they’ve promised.”

Meanwhile, the province will soon be expanding Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout at participating pharmacies to allow for walk-in bookings, rather than those by appointment only. More information on that will be shared in the coming week.

There are 36 pharmacies in Lethbridge that are able to give out COVID-19 vaccinations. You can get more information here: Alberta Pharmacies COVID-19 Vaccines

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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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