Alberta healthcare workers in COVID-19 medical and surgical units now eligible for vaccine


In a press release Friday afternoon, the Alberta government said vaccine appointments would be offered to healthcare workers in medical, surgical and COVID-19 units, “from now on.” .
This group includes about 3,300 staff working on COVID-19 units and 15,400 working in medical and surgical units, the province said.

These workers were initially included in Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout in Alberta, which was only due to take place in February.

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However, doctors in Alberta have pushed the government to include those working in COVID-19 units with priority access to the vaccine.

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Also on Friday, Dr Deena Hinshaw issued a directive that will allow physicians, nurses and pharmacists who are not employees of Alberta’s health services to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

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“There are many regulated health practitioners who are licensed and have the knowledge, skills and competencies to dispense a vaccine,” explained Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“This directive will help us empower as many of our dedicated healthcare workers as possible to join the larger team and help immunize Albertans.

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As of January 7, Alberta has administered 37,686 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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That translates to 852.3 doses per 100,000 population, one of the highest per capita rates in the country, according to the national COVID-19 monitoring website.

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“We have made remarkable progress in deploying our vaccines,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro said in the press release.

“Our goal from the start has been to get the doses as quickly as we get them. We want to see every appointment filled, that’s why I asked Alberta Health Services to start offering the vaccine to COVID-19 healthcare workers and medical or surgical units, and to book them for appointments. -you.

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Alberta received its first 3,900 doses of Pfizer vaccine on December 14, followed by an additional 25,000 doses on December 22. On January 5, Shandro said about 13,000 more doses were “in the air”. Alberta Health confirmed Friday that the shipment has arrived and “will be distributed as soon as possible.”

On December 29, Alberta received 16,900 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Shandro said on January 5 that he wanted to increase vaccinations.

“I hope to see the daily count increase, but it depends on when the shipments arrive.”

At that time, he said Phase 1A (January) would include respiratory therapists, intensive care healthcare workers, long-term care staff and designated support facilities, home care workers, emergency health workers and all long-term care residents and living facilities with support services.

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Phase 1B (February) was initially intended to include people over the age of 75, First Nations, Métis and people over 65 living in a First Nations community or Métis settlement, health workers in medical, surgical and COVID-19 units or operating rooms.

Phase 2 was scheduled between April and September. Target groups have not yet been identified.

Phase 3 – the planned deployment for the general population – is scheduled for fall 2021.

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