Dear Constituents of Calgary-Glenmore,
Every single one of us has been impacted in one way, shape, or form by the pandemic. That is why Alberta’s government has taken action to protect the lives and livelihoods of Albertans as they continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Budget 2021 Update
Recently, Finance Minister Travis Toews introduced Budget 2021: Protecting Lives and Livelihoods. It invests in healthcare and it positions the province for economic recovery, with a continued focus on the efficient delivery of government services. Budget 2021 makes a historic investment in healthcare, ensuring the health system is properly resourced to keep fighting this pandemic. On top of the $21.4 billion in non-COVID health care spending – nearly $1 billion more than last year – the government has set aside another $1.25 billion in contingency funds specifically to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This represents the most ever spent on health care by any government in the province’s history.
Alberta Seniors now Eligible for Vaccines
Starting March 10, anyone who books a first dose of vaccine will have their second dose timeline extended up to four months, and the appointment will be booked at a later date. Emerging evidence indicates that first doses of all currently approved vaccines appear to be at least 80 percent effective in protecting against severe outcomes after the first dose. Albertans are able to book their immunization appointment through AHS’ online and telephone booking systems. For seniors living in congregate care facilities, health officials will be contacting their facilities to arrange appointments. More information on how to book an appointment is available on Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program webpage: alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx.
Alberta Health has been working with the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association to develop a program for pharmacists to provide vaccines in their communities. Initially, the vaccine will be limited to participating pharmacies in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary. A list of participating pharmacies is available online at ab.bluecross.ca.
As always, we love to hear from you!
Whitney Issik, MLA for Calgary-Glenmore
MLA – Calgary Glenmore Whitney Issik proudly serves the following Communities: Bayview, Braeside, Cedarbrae, Chinook Park, Eagle Ridge, Kelvin Grove, Lakeview, Oakridge, Palliser, Pumphill, Woodbine, Woodlands