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Alberta’s vaccine rollout now includes family doctors, unclear about pharmacists

Family doctors have been included in Phase 2, Group C of the province's vaccine rollout plan. File/Global News

Family doctors are now been included in phase two of the province’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but questions remain about where other health-care workers stand.

A tweet from Health Minister Tyler Shandro Thursday said family doctors and their clinical staff will be eligible for the vaccine as part of Phase 2, Group C.

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However, pharmacists, some of whom will soon be involved in immunizing seniors 75 and older, still do not yet know where they fall.

“I hope that we will be [given priority] because we are [frontline] here,” said pharmacist Heba Abdelnour of Pharmasave Beverly.
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Alberta Health did not respond to specific questions about whether pharmacists will be given priority or questions about when a decision will be made about pharmacists.

“Under Phase Group 2C, health care workers providing direct and acute patient care who have a high potential for spread to high-risk individuals will be eligible to start receiving the vaccine,” said spokesperson Tom McMillan.

“We recognize that dentists, dental hygienists and many other health-care workers would benefit from receiving the vaccine, and we want to offer it to them as soon as possible.”

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McMillan said final decisions about health-care workers eligible under Group C have not yet been made, adding more details will be shared before Phase 2 begins.

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