Local residents can now receive COVID-19 at Vulcan’s Life Med Pharmacy.
Albertans 75 years of age and older (born in 1946 or earlier) who are part of Phase 1B remain eligible to receive immunization at pharmacies.
Starting March 15, participating pharmacies began immunizing Albertans who are part of Phase 2A.
Albertans eligible for Phase 2A include individuals 65 to 74 years of age (born between 1956 and 1947), First Nations, Metis and Inuit people 50 years of age and older (born in 1971 or earlier), and staff and senior residents of licensed supportive living facilities not previously eligible.
But Life Med staff told the Advocate last week the pharmacy has only received 200 doses of vaccine and has a wait list now, so they currently recommend local residents eligible to receive the vaccine to contact Alberta Health Services (AHS) by phoning 811 or use the AHS website to book their COVID-19 shots.
If residents eligible for the vaccine want to book through Life Med, they can phone the pharmacy at 403-485-2552 and they will be placed on the wait list.
Alberta remains reliant on the federal government and the timing of shipments coming into the province for all bookings, reads a March 18 news release from the provincial government.
“We’re expanding the vaccine rollout as fast as the supply coming into Alberta allows,” said Premier Jason Kenney. “Our speed and efficiency is only held back by the number of doses that we receive from the federal government. Thousands of Albertans are getting immunized at pharmacies every day, and that number will rise sharply in the weeks ahead.”
Each participating pharmacy is adhering to strict protocols to protect patrons and staff. Pharmacists must have demonstrated experience with immunizations and the specialized skills needed to safely provide COVID-19 vaccines, says the province..
A list of all participating pharmacies offering the vaccine is available on the Alberta Blue Cross website.