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Calgary pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccine

This map shows all 48 Calgary pharmacies that are offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are still necessary and can be booked by contacting the participating pharmacies. Details on eligibility and booking can be found here.


AHS vaccine booking portal down temporarily Saturday

Alberta Health Service’s online vaccine booking portal was down early Saturday as eligibility expanded to those born in 1961.

By 10 a.m., AHS was reporting the online system problem was resolved.

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Friday

AstraZeneca eligibility expands further

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Friday

Braid: UCP in polling dumps but pandemic recovery could spark reversal of fortune

Premier Jason Kenney speaks at a press conference at Crowfoot CO-OP on March 2, 2021.
Premier Jason Kenney speaks at a press conference at Crowfoot CO-OP on March 2, 2021. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Columnist Don Braid writes:

No matter how you look at the opinion polls, it’s obvious that Premier Jason Kenney’s UCP government is deep in the tank.

A Leger poll done for Postmedia shows the NDP ahead among decided voters by 40 per cent to 20 per cent.

This may not be nearly as dramatic as it looks, because the poll also shows a large cluster of undecided voters, many of whom are leaning toward the UCP.

But there’s no denying the depth of UCP woes. Leger shows the UCP trailing the NDP in Edmonton, which is expected, but also in Calgary and the rest of the province.

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Bishops ‘clarify’ earlier message, now say Catholics can receive any COVID vaccine available to them

A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Jack Boland/Postmedia

Canadian Catholics may in good conscience receive any COVID-vaccine that is available to them, even if it was developed using cell lines from an aborted human fetus, according to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This clarification for the faithful follows the confusing uproar over an earlier statement that Catholics should “prefer” the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines because, although “unethically-derived” cell lines may have used in final testing, the connection to abortion is “extremely remote.”

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Alberta hits single-day vaccination record Thursday as AstraZeneca gathers momentum

Alberta Health workers handle a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine on March 9, 2021, in this photo on Health Minister Tyler Shandro’s Twitter account.
Alberta Health workers handle a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine on March 9, 2021, in this photo on Health Minister Tyler Shandro’s Twitter account. Photo by Twitter

Alberta administered 15,805 shots of COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, setting a new high mark for jabs given in a single day.

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The record bests the previous high, set Feb. 25, by more than 4,000 shots. It coincides with the start of inoculations using the AstraZeneca vaccine for those born after 1957 with no serious health conditions.

Through end-of-day Thursday, Alberta has given 333,379 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 91,470 Albertans fully immunized after receiving both necessary shots.

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Friday

COVID-19 immunization centre for Indigenous seniors opening Monday in Calgary

Elder Ernie Poundmaker, with The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary and Beth Woytas, director of programs with OKAKI health intelligence, at a press conference at Canada’s first Indigenous COVID-19 immunization clinic on Friday.
Elder Ernie Poundmaker, with The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary and Beth Woytas, director of programs with OKAKI health intelligence, at a press conference at Canada’s first Indigenous COVID-19 immunization clinic on Friday. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

A first-of-its-kind immunization clinic for Indigenous seniors is set to administer COVID-19 jabs beginning Monday in a “safe, comfortable and familiar” space for community members who might have otherwise been apprehensive to get vaccinated.

The clinic, located in the Circle of Wisdom Elders and Seniors Centre in Sunalta, launched Friday thanks to a partnership between multiple Indigenous-focused organizations, including the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary (AFCC), Siksika Health Services, OKAKI and Seven Brothers Circle.

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Inside the complicated battle to save Alberta’s live music venues

Calgary musician Eve Hell is lobbying the government to lift restrictions on live music.
Calgary musician Eve Hell is lobbying the government to lift restrictions on live music. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

As the province begins to slowly reopen after the latest lockdown and round of COVID-19 restrictions, owners of for-profit live venues are sounding the alarm about the lack of a coherent, long-term economic recovery plan specific to the live music and touring industry. A recent report released by Alberta-based West Anthem suggests the industry is worth $3 billion and employs nearly 21,000 people.

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Friday

425 new cases, two deaths

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Alberta COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths

A COVID-19 information sign outside the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
A COVID-19 information sign outside the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia/File

Friday

Telus Spark selling tickets in anticipation of Step 3 of province’s reopening plan

The Telus Spark science centre in Calgary.
The Telus Spark science centre in Calgary. Postmedia Archives

Telus Spark is selling tickets with plans to reopen on March 25.

That’s the earliest the science centre could reopen if Alberta moves ahead with Step 3 of its reopening plan.

Telus Spark will require masks indoors for everyone over the age of two and will be selling timed tickets to help aid with social distancing.

If Step 3 is delayed, Telus Spark will issue full refunds for tickets.

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