COVID-19 Health News

Some doctor offices will start offering COVID-19 vaccines

EDMONTON – Physicians will soon begin vaccinating patients in their clinics as part of a new pilot program.

Starting April 19, 10 physician clinics across the province will participate in a pilot project to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible patients. Based on the learnings from this pilot, the program will expand to include more clinics in May.

“Since the start of the pandemic, community physicians have worked hard to support and protect their patients,” said Tyler Shandro, Alberta’s Minister of Health.

“This pilot is another step forward. Albertans will now have another way to receive their COVID-19 vaccines from an important part of our healthcare system. We’re aiming to expand this pilot to many, many more physician clinics as soon as possible.”

Alberta Health, the Alberta Medical Association and Primary Care Network (PCN) physician leaders have been working together to incorporate community physicians into the provincial vaccine rollout as supply increases.

This pilot will test the most effective ways to transport, book and administer the vaccine through community physician clinics. There will be two participating clinics in each AHS zone during the pilot phase.

Each participating clinic will initially receive 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine. Clinics will contact their patients who are eligible for vaccination.

As of April 12, more than 970,000 doses of vaccine have been administered in Alberta. The province is on pace to offer every adult a dose of vaccine by June 30.