For Immediate Release / March 8, 2021
Council Advocates for Vaccination Site
St. Albert City Council is calling on the Government of Alberta to establish a vaccination site in St. Albert to serve the needs of residents living in St. Albert and surrounding area. This request builds on the Government of Alberta’s previous decision to locate a mobile testing site in St. Albert, which has proved beneficial to St. Albert and the surrounding region. St. Albert serves not only its own residents, but also communities to the north. A vaccination centre in St. Albert would help meet the needs of approximately 90,000 people living in this region.
On August 5, 2020, St. Albert’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, made up of a cross section of the city’s business and community leaders, recommended both a testing site and, once a vaccine had been developed, a vaccination site for St. Albert. Council supported both recommendations and has appreciated the local testing site, which has provided the region’s residents with more convenient access to testing. Now that the Province is rolling out its vaccination plan, Council is renewing its call for a local vaccination site.
St. Albert has one of the oldest populations among mid-sized cities in Alberta. Residents in St. Albert who are elderly, homebound or without access to a private vehicle find it challenging to reach the nearest vaccination clinics in Edmonton. Council is concerned that residents may have difficulty accessing vaccinations due to these factors. To support St. Albert’s recovery efforts, Council wants to remove any barriers to those wishing to get vaccinated. Access to a local vaccination site would help to achieve this outcome.
St. Albert Council looks forward to working with the Government of Alberta to secure a local vaccination site in St. Albert and improve access to vaccinations for those living in our region.
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Last edited: March 8, 2021