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Starting May 10, all Albertans 12 & older eligible to book COVID-19 shot

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CALGARY, AB – A major expansion in Alberta’s fight to get more doses of COVID-19 in people’s arms.

Starting Monday, May 10 vaccination appointments are opening for every Albertan 12 years of age and older. This, after Health Canada authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use in children as young as 12. Vaccine trials in the U.S. have shown the Pfizer vaccine is extremely effective in younger people.

With this expansion, 3.8 million Albertans will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“This is a very exciting day for Alberta and it arrives right when we need it the most. We are battling an extremely aggressive third wave of COVID-19 and we know that vaccines are our best weapon against it. By opening bookings to everybody over 12 years of age, we are taking a huge step towards stopping the spike and hopefully putting this pandemic behind us for good.” – Jason Kenney, Premier

To avoid overwhelming booking systems, the government says appointments will be staggered in two age groups.

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  • Starting on May 6, every Albertan 30 or older (born in 1991 or earlier), can book an appointment through Alberta Health Services or a participating pharmacy.
  • On May 10, appointment bookings will expand to include Albertans ages 12 to 29 (born in 2009 to 1992).

All eligible Albertans will be able to book appointments to receive a mRNA vaccine with AHS online or through 811.

Alberta currently has the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 in any Canadian province or US state.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says “we are ahead of schedule and delivering on our promise to provide at least one dose to every adult Albertan who wants one by June 30. Now that we have gotten to this point, every Albertan can help drive cases down by getting vaccinated.”

More than 1.66 million doses of vaccine have been administered across the province to date.

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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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