New group eligible for vaccine

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

On March 30, Phase 2B of the COVID-19 vaccine strategy started in Alberta, but appointments in Slave Lake didn’t start until April 5. This means that any Albertan over 16 who has one of a list of underlying health conditions can be vaccinated. A doctor’s note is not required. The complete list is in (‘Province announces eligibility for COVID vaccine in April’ in the March 24, 2021 Leader) and on alberta.ca

The news release says, “The health conditions chosen for Phase 2B are associated with a higher risk of death or hospitalization from COVID-19 and were recommended by the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization.”

People in Phase 1 and Phase 2A remain eligible. 

Eligible people have two locations for COVID-19 vaccines in Slave Lake. These are Rexall and AHS (at the old fire hall) – both are by appointment only. 

A large number of people are eligible in Phase 2B, but there isn’t a blanket roll-out. 

Starting April 5, pharmacies outside of Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer will start to get the vaccine for Phase 2B depending on supply. This is only going to pharmacies on the Blue Cross list. Nearby, there is one pharmacy each in Slave Lake (Rexall), High Prairie, Swan Hills, Westlock, Athabasca, and Whitecourt. 

AHS vaccine Phase 2B booking is based on age. For example, starting April 5, Albertans born in 1957, 1958 and 1959 were eligible to book appointments with AHS online or through 811.

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