Seniors in two lodges in Pink Deer, one in Lacombe and one other Sylvan Lake, have but to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and central Albertans need solutions.
Geoff Olson, govt director of Bridges Neighborhood Residing, mentioned vaccinations by Alberta Well being Companies at Parkvale and Piper Creek lodges have been scheduled after which cancelled. At Pines Lodge, residents had been vaccinated, however not employees.
Vaccinations at Sylvan Lake Lodge, had been additionally cancelled.
“Residents and their households are very, very involved, particularly in our lodge program, as a result of they’ve been handled as excessive threat up so far… and subsequently needs to be on the entrance of the road, not the again of the road,” Olson mentioned.
“I’ve a tough time believing we’ve been excessive threat for a yr now, and impulsively we’re not a excessive threat anymore.”
Alberta Well being Companies acknowledged that many eligible Albertans and their households are eagerly awaiting their COVID-19 vaccine.
“Sadly, now we have needed to reschedule vaccine administration in some lodges and care houses attributable to inconsistency in vaccine provide. We apologize to anybody whose vaccination has been delayed, and for the uncertainty and frustration these delays could trigger. We need to guarantee you, and your households, you’ll obtain the vaccine,” mentioned AHS in an announcement.
Lately the province opened vaccinations up for seniors 75 and older via pharmacies in Pink Deer, Edmonton and Calgary. On Thursday, Well being Minister Tyler Shandro mentioned the federal government now expects to have the ability to provide all Alberta 18 and over, a primary dose of the vaccine by the tip of June.
Olson mentioned it might’t be a provide problem if the province is doing a mean of 11,000 COVID-19 photographs a day. If it’s a precedence problem, why aren’t lodge residents on the high of the checklist? They vary in age from 65 to over 100.
Alberta Well being Companies mentioned it’s working with the operators of seniors lodges and care houses to host vaccinations at their websites within the coming days and weeks. Immunization is being rescheduled for residents at some lodges, together with Parkvale Lodge, Revera Ingelwood, and Lacombe Lodge, to happen between Mar. 17 and 23.
“The precise timing of immunizations is topic to the supply of vaccine provide, and depends on the coordination with web site operators,” AHS mentioned.
AHS mentioned residents dwelling in a lodge, manor, or different personal supportive dwelling facility, will probably be contacted immediately via their care workforce to be immunized onsite. They don’t must e book their very own appointments; preparations will probably be made for them with the location.
Linda Palmer, whose 93-year-old mom lives at Lacombe Lodge, mentioned opening up vaccinations to extra individuals is implausible, however vaccinations at her mom’s lodge had been cancelled this week.
“(The province) has been saying all these lodges have been performed and so they’re not. It’s irritating. These individuals are fearful. They’re afraid,” mentioned Palmer, who places the blame on provincial well being officers and never the lodge.
The final time she noticed her mom was via a window in October.
She mentioned her mom is doing effectively, nevertheless it’s been pure luck that the lodge has not had a COVID case.
“They’ve been doing job there, however individuals are allowed to come back and go. It’s not like they’re in a locked-in facility,” mentioned Palmer, of Dewinton.