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Several options now available to get a COVID-19 jab in Ponoka

Five pharmacies now have vaccine doses, as well as BRMC

There are currently several different options for getting a COVID-19 vaccination in Ponoka.

As of May 11, you can now book an appointment at the Battle River Medical Clinic (BRMC). There are also five different pharmacies in town currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

BRMC received their first shipment of vaccines this week. They have a limited supply of Moderna vaccine doses and currently have appointment times available.

Call 1-587-802-5611 to book an appointment. To be eligible to book an appointment, you must be 18 years or older.

The five participating pharmacies are Loblaw Pharmacy, Ponoka Professional Pharmacy, Shoppers Drug Mart, Ponoka IDA Drugstore and Rexall.

Loblaw Pharmacy, (inside the Gord’s No Frills), located at 5561 Hwy. 53, is offering the Pfizer vaccine. Call 403-783-9160 to book.

Ponoka Professional Pharmacy, at 20-5011 48 Ave., has the Moderna vaccine. Call 403-783-7333.

Shoppers Drug Mart, located at 5015 50 St., has the Pfizer vaccine. Call 403-783-3240.

Ponoka IDA Drugstore, at 5020 50 St., also have doses of Pfizer. Call 403-790-1970.

Rexall, located at 3-4502 50 St., is offering Pfizer vaccinations. Call 403-783-5568.

No matter which pharmacy you choose to get your jab at, you’ll need to make an appointment as there is no availability for walk-ins. At most places, there may be over a four-week wait, but according to ab.bluecross.ca, the shortest wait times may be at Shoppers, IDA or Rexall.

All Albertans aged 12 years and older can now book an appointment to receive a vaccine.

Over 1,300 pharmacies across the province are currently providing COVID-19 immunizations with either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

AstraZeneca vaccine is not being offered for first doses at this time due to a limited supply.

As of May 12, 2,019,713 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered, with 322 adverse events.

More information on Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program can be found at alberta.ca.

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