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New provincial map shows strong COVID vaccine uptake in Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Some very good news on the local front when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations. Lethbridge has one of the highest vaccine uptakes in the entire province.

Broken down into geographic regions, the city’s south side currently has the third highest vaccination rate in the province at roughly 55% of all residents.

West Lethbridge is currently ninth province-wide at 51%, and the north side is right behind at nearly 50%.

On average, just over 50% of Lethbridge’s entire population has received at least one dose to date.

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The province has also launched a new vaccination interactive map this week, which shows uptake in every region across Alberta.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says tracking vaccine uptake in this way will hopefully “motivate individuals and communities to do the right thing for themselves, for each other and for our health system.”

On the other end of the vaccine uptake spectrum includes a few areas in southern Alberta. The MD of Taber and Cardston-Kainai are near the bottom of that provincial list with 26% and 27% of the population in those two regions having received at least one dose of vaccine.

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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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