CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is bringing in more staff to help at vaccination centres, after long lines were reported as some of the clinics.
On Twitter, AHS said all people with appointments will receive a shot but are encouraging those going to wait in their vehicles until five minutes before their scheduled time.
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We ask that all clients wait in their cars until 5 minutes before their appointment & not arrive more than 10 minutes early. Please respect each other’s designated appointment time & help ensure everyone continues to follow Alberta’s public health guidance.
— Alberta Health Services (@AHS_media) February 26, 2021
“Each appointment is booked in 10-minute increments,” the tweet reads. “This helps ensure we can maintain social distancing at all immunization clinics.”
AHS said some people were showing up 30 to 60 minutes before they needed to be there which contributed to the long lines.
So far, AHS said over 110,000 Albertans 75 and older have made appointments for their vaccine since the online booking tool launched Wednesday morning.
This comes despite earlier delays and technical issues with the booking site with hundreds complaining they were waiting for hours just to get in and others saying the site routinely crashed.