Local pharmacies join COVID-19 vaccination efforts

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With the launch of Phase 2A of COVID-19 vaccinations Monday, expanding eligibility to anyone born between 1947 and 1956, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis people born in 1971 or earlier, local pharmacies are now offering immunizations.

Eligible South Peace residents can book an appointment through a participating pharmacy, as well as online at albertahealthservices.ca and by phone at 811.

According to Alberta Health Services, participating pharmacies include Mint Health in Beaverlodge at 780-354-2148.

“We’re very excited to be part of this,” said Becky Perrin, Mint pharmacy manager.

Perrin said pharmacies applied to AHS to participate in February and Mint was selected based on the number of flu shots administered in the last year. Mint administered approximately 600 flu shots last year, she said.

Mint is expecting to receive its first shipment of Moderna vaccines this week and is anticipating 200 doses to start with and 100 next week.

Callers can be put on a waiting list, she said.

Sexsmith Pharmacy at 780-568-3111 is also participating. Nazih Malak, pharmacist at Sexsmith Pharmacy, said he is anticipating a shipment of vaccines this week. The pharmacy will receive 400 doses to start with and he is hoping to receive more down the road, he said.

Sexsmith Pharmacy has begun taking names and numbers and will book when the vaccines come in, Malak said.

Sexsmith Pharmacy was chosen after administering approximately 250 flu shots last year, Malak said.

Other pharmacies include:

Loblaw Pharmacy at 12225 99th St. Grande Prairie, at 780-831-3835

Shoppers Drug Mart at 10720 78th Ave. Grande Prairie, at 780-814-9028

Save-On-Foods Pharmacy at 10819 106th Ave. Grande Prairie, at 780-402-2530

Shoppers Drug Mart at 137-11801 100th St. Grande Prairie, at 780-532-2540

Rexall at 4508 50th St. Spirit River, at 780-864-3872

Rey Gabriel, Wembley Remedy’sRx owner, said his pharmacy applied but was not chosen at this time.

Pharmacist Rakesh Patel at Hythe Family Drugs said that pharmacy also applied and he hasn’t yet heard news on whether it can provide vaccinations.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News