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COVID-19: Alberta announces plan for vaccinating children aged 5-11 | FULL

CA, 24 Nov 2021
Starting Wednesday at 8 a.m., parents and guardians of kids aged five to 11 will be able to book an appointment for their child to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The first appointments will be on Friday, the health minister added.

Premier Jason Kenney made the announcement during a news conference, adding Alberta’s first supply of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the province Tuesday morning.

“The teams at Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health are working to get (the vaccines) distributed to more than 120 locations across the province over the next couple of days,” the premier said.

In a tweet on Monday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said parents can pre-register for their appointment online to avoid potential backlogs; however, Health Minister Jason Copping said as of Tuesday afternoon, 43,000 registrations were in the system already and that if possible to wait until Wednesday at 8 a.m. to avoid flooding the 8-1-1 line.

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