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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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Some Alberta youth now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations

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CALGARY, AB – Some younger Albertans are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

The province has expanded the eligibility to youth born between 2006 and 2009 with underlying health conditions.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says appointments for these eligible younger people can be booked as of now.

“These are young folks who are turning 12, 13, 14, and 15 this year. This includes conditions such as chronic lung, heart, liver or kidney disease; severe learning or developmental delays; and those who’ve been diagnosed with cancer in the last year,” says Shandro.

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Additional information is available at alberta.ca. Shandro says those eligible in this grouping will be getting the Pfizer vaccine.

The Minister notes Alberta’s decision to reduce the age of eligibility is based on emerging research showing safety and efficacy of vaccine in this age group and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s recommendation for the Pfizer vaccine.

One thing parents and guardians should note is that a doctor’s note is required to book an appointment with participating pharmacies and AHS for anyone eligible in this age group.

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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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