Memo to: People we Support, Families, Guardians and Skills Society Employees
Re: COVID-19 Vaccine Resources & Community Clinics
From: Senior Leadership of Skills Society
June 16th, 2021
In this memo:
- Vaccine clinics
- Vaccine lottery (three $1-million prizes available)
- Plain language resource
- Vaccine information in multiple languages
Every Albertan who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated. Vaccines make our immune systems stronger by building antibodies to help prevent and fight off diseases. Because COVID-19 is a new virus, no one has previous immunity. It is much safer and more effective to get immunized than it is to get infected.
Vaccines Are Safe, Effective & Our Path Out of This Pandemic
Health officials all over the world advise that vaccines are the safest way out of the pandemic. The provincial relaunch plan and easing of restrictions is dependent on at least 70% of the entire Alberta population aged 12+ choosing to receive a vaccine. Like the province, we strongly encourage our Skills Community to follow what health authorities advise; if you have any questions about the vaccine please consult your doctor.
Below we are sharing additional information and resources to support our Skills Community in making informed choices and in accessing the vaccine. We encourage our community to share these resources with others in their community – supporting one another, so that anyone who wants to receive the vaccine can.
AHS Walk-In Clinics (No Appointment Required)
Temporary walk-in clinics are available for first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The Edmonton walk-in clinic is at the EXPO Centre (7515 118 Ave NW, accessible by bus and LRT, free parking). To check hours of operation visit the Alberta Health Services website here.
If you prefer to book an appointment, there are three ways to book:
Bent Arrow Community Vaccination Clinic – June 16th-17th
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society is hosting a vaccine clinic for first and second doses. Book by calling 780-481-3451. Free transportation available. For more information visit bentarrow.ca.
Location: Parkdale School 11648 85 St NW Edmonton
Métis-Led Clinic – June 18th-20th
Métis Nation of Alberta is hosting a vaccine clinic for Indigenous peoples and their friends ages 12 and up for first and second doses. For more information and to book, visit AlbertaMetis.com.
Location: Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre, 11834 Kingsway NW Edmonton
Africa Centre Vaccine Clinic
The Edmonton Africa Centre is hosting vaccine clinics Fridays from 12-4 pm. Free transportation available. Book online at https://tinyurl.com/TBKZ8R3D.
Location: Africa Centre, #106, 6770 129 Ave NW
Vaccination Drive at Edmonton Islamic Centre – June 18th-20th
A community-led clinic will be held over three days at the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) Islamic Centre for first doses. Anyone interested in attending can book online with AHS or by calling 811.
Location: MAC Islamic Centre, 6104 172 St NW Edmonton
Vaccine Lottery (Three $1-million prizes available)
To encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Provincial Government is holding three draws for $1 million each. Any Alberta resident 18 and older who has received their first dose can register to enter to win the first prize of $1 million. The first dose lottery closes one week after 70% of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose. Two additional draws will follow for Albertans who receive their second dose.
Enter online at alberta.ca/lottery.
Plain Language Resource
Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with developmental disabilities by the Government of Alberta.
Vaccine Information in Multiple Languages
This is Our Shot
This is Our Shot’s website has vaccine information in 35 languages: thisisourshot.ca
HealthHub for Newcomers Phone Line
The Alberta International Medical Graduates Association has a group of internationally trained physicians available to answer vaccine related questions in 20 languages. Phone 1-833-906-4357. More information in the flyer below.
COVID-19 Translated Resources
The Alberta Government website also has COVID-19 translated resources. Visit alberta.ca/covid-19.