Albertans 75 and older will be capable to begin reserving appointments for his or her COVID-19 vaccinations beginning on Wednesday at 8 a.m.
The primary appointment for seniors will begin at 11 a.m. the identical day, in line with AHS. Appointment instances will likely be provided between 8:20 a.m. and three:40 p.m. seven days every week. AHS mentioned there are plans to increase these hours in mid-March.
Whereas seniors in congregate residing services equivalent to lodges and retirement properties had been provided COVID-19 vaccinations beginning late final week, Wednesday will mark the first day of vaccinations for community seniors.
Seniors will likely be directed to vaccination clinics closest to the place they stay.
AHS spokesperson Kerry Williamson mentioned Well being Hyperlink will likely be growing workers to satisfy “the anticipated excessive name quantity and demand.”
Williamson mentioned wait instances will probably nonetheless be greater than regular because of curiosity in reserving a vaccination.
Seniors may also go browsing to ebook their appointments at www.ahs.ca/covidvaccine.
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Some online portals in the United States have run into issues due to high demand; Williamson mentioned AHS has labored to make sure the platform for the net vaccine reserving software is “sturdy and may readily deal with massive volumes of customers.
“Testing of the location has occurred, and AHS is assured the location is designed to satisfy the wants of all Albertans that will likely be reserving a COVID-19 vaccine,” Williamson mentioned.
Dr. Noel Gibney, co-chair of the Edmonton Zone Medical Workers Affiliation’s pandemic response committee, mentioned there have been examples in the US of youthful folks organizing to assist seniors ebook immunizations. He then famous that, in distinction, the net reserving system in the UK has labored nicely.
“It relies upon very a lot on how nicely the system is about up,” he mentioned.
“There’s no query, in some cases, if the net portal isn’t nicely designed and in a position to deal with the big variety of inquiries, there’s a danger it may crash.”
Nevertheless, Gibney mentioned AHS has expertise utilizing a portal system for reserving vaccines for his or her workers.
“One would think about it’s not their first rodeo by way of reserving vaccines. I would definitely hope it will be capable to deal with vital variety of on-line bookings,” he mentioned.
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