Vaccine shipments delayed to local pharmacies in Canmore

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Residents in Canmore have been asking questions about why there are currently no vaccines delivered to Canmore Shoppers Pharmacy or the Canmore Save-On-Foods Pharmacy last week.

MLA for Banff-Kananaskis Miranda Rosin said she called the Minister of Health’s office on March 26.

“There is not a single AHS facility offering COVID 19 vaccinations anywhere in the entire 16,000 km² constituency of Banff-Kananaskis, and that’s a problem with the latest shipment of the Moderna vaccines to local pharmacies delayed until the end of the month,” said MLA Rosin.

Elderly residents are currently being advised by Shoppers Drug Mart to drive over an hour to the nearest AHS facility in Calgary to be vaccinated.

Rosin said she would be meeting with AHS early next week to discuss the need for an official AHS facility in the constituency.

If you previously had an appointment booked at Save-On-Foods which was canceled due to the delayed shipment arrival, you will placed at the beginning of their queue once the shipment arrives and bookings resume.

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Shoppers Drug Mart adopted a new booking system that is not allowing them to transition previous bookings to new appointments nor book new people in for appointments until the shipment arrives.

If you previously had an appointment with Shoppers Drug Mart, their local pharmacy will be manually booking you back in at the beginning of their queue once shipments arrive.

Alberta reported 644 new cases of COVID-19 on March 28, as well as three deaths. There were 235 new variant cases identified. The province is now making rapid testing kits available to Alberta employers.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said that the province won’t be moving into Step 3 of reopening despite COVID-19 hospitalizations being below 300, noting they are rising and the province expects them to be above 300 within the week.

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