As of April 20, 2021, Albertans who are 40 or over will be able to book appointments to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at participating pharmacies or through Alberta Health Services.
By lowering the eligibility age in Alberta from 55 to 40, 575,425 more Albertans will be able to get vaccinated. The province based the decision to reduce the age of eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccine on public health recommendations that balanced the benefit offered by this vaccine against the marginal risk of adverse effects. The AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of infection by 60 – 70% and the risk of severe outcomes by 80%.
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, had this to say about this latest development, “I recommend any Albertan who is 40 or older consider getting the AstraZeneca vaccine as soon as possible. I know some Albertans have concerns about recent cases of blood clots. This is understandable, and it is also important to remember that these cases are extremely rare. This vaccine helps prevent the much higher risks that come from COVID-19 infection, helping to protect both you and those around you.”
Visit alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx for more information on Alberta’s vaccination program, including who is eligible to be vaccinated and how to book a vaccination appointment.
Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette