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Over $15 million spent to entice Albertans to get COVID-19 vaccinations

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EDMONTON, AB – If you haven’t got a COVID-19 vaccine yet, the Alberta government is again asking you to please get one.

Albertans 18 and older have until midnight on Thursday this week (Oct. 14) to receive a first or second dose and register to get a $100 pre-filled debit card.

The province announced the option a few weeks back in an effort to entice more people to roll up their sleeves.

To date, over 152,000 people have registered to get one of these debit cards. That amounts to more than $15 million. Health Minister Jason Copping says this money incentive to get people vaccinated offsets some of the associated costs to Alberta’s health care system.

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The cards will be mailed out to people who qualify this month as well as November and December.

That $15 million doesn’t include the COVID-19 lottery which was announced before summer.

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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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