Memo to: People we Support, Families, Guardians and Skills Society Employees
Re: Alberta COVID-19 Vaccine Update & Virtual Town Hall Regarding Vaccines with Dr. Hinshaw
From: Senior Leadership of Skills Society
March 29, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine rollout expanding to Phase 2B
Starting tomorrow, March 30th, 2021 Albertans born 1957-63 with eligible high-risk underlying health conditions (see list here) can book through participating pharmacies (Calgary, Edmonton or Red Deer). See below for additional details regarding Phase 2 Group B of Alberta’s Vaccine rollout.
Albertans born in 1956 or before, and First Nations, Inuit & Métis born in 1971 or before continue to be eligible to book an immunization appointment by using the AHS online booking tool, calling Health Link 811, or through a participating pharmacy.
We encourage people we support and employees who are eligible to book an appointment; family members and guardians of the people we support who are eligible are also encouraged to reach out to their loved one to book an appointment. Ensure doctors are consulted where appropriate and whether physicians recommend a person served by Skills Society receive a vaccine.
Please, do not wait to receive notification from Skills Society to book an appointment. If you receive supports through Skills Society or are a Skills Society employee, and are eligible now based on the Provincial Vaccine stages, we strongly encourage you to book an appointment. Skills Society has not received any direction yet or confirmation of when COVID-19 immunization for our sector will happen. If you are eligible you may be able to get the vaccine sooner by booking yourself. We’re asking Guardians, families, Team Leaders and Managers to also keep an eye on eligibility and timelines. Please don’t wait if you are eligible. Can keep checking here – https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx
What to bring with you to your appointment
- One piece of identification that proves your age, which could include your Alberta Health Care card, a driver’s license, Social Insurance Number, birth certificate, or passport;
- For individuals who have an alternate decision-maker, the signed AHS COVID-19 Immunization Consent form. Team Leaders can help you access this through MyCompass;
- Any additional items you are asked by Health to bring when you book.
Phase 2 Group B of Alberta’s Vaccine Rollout
Albertans born 2005 to 1957 (16 to 64) with any one of the high-risk underlying health conditions as identified by the Government (see list here). Bookings will open by birth year. Additional years will be added as more vaccines arrive.
- Starting March 30: Albertans born 1957-63 can book through participating pharmacies (Calgary, Edmonton or Red Deer)
- Starting April 5: Albertans born 1957-59 can book through Alberta Health services (online and by calling 811).
Virtual Town Hall Regarding Vaccines with Dr. Deena Hinshaw
“Alberta Community and Social Services and Alberta Health are hosting a virtual town hall on Wednesday, March 31 from 5:30-6:30 pm. During this town hall, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Trish Merrithew-Mercredi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Health Public Health and Compliance Division will provide an overview of the vaccines that are approved, Alberta’s approach, vaccination program goals and roll out.
The aim of this session is to ensure persons with disabilities have the most up-to-date information and understanding of the overall priorities for Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccination program and processes for vaccination of Albertans.” (From the Alberta Council of Disability Services News and Updates)
Sign up to get notified when it’s your turn to be vaccinated
Sign up to receive email updates when each group of Alberta’s phased COVID-19 vaccination program is announced here.
For more information on Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program visit alberta.ca/covid-19-vaccine.