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No Appointment Required: Calgary Arena Converts to COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

CALGARY – A new provincial government initiative has given residents of northeast Calgary a new, easy way to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Saturday and Sunday, up to 5,000 Albertans can get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine without an appointment at a clinic set up on one of the ice rinks at the Village Square Leisure Center.

Officials said the drop-in clinic is aimed at removing barriers to those seeking their vaccine and addressing Albertans’ vaccine reluctance.

“More than 63 percent of eligible Albertans have received a first dose of vaccination, a major milestone as we safely open for summer and contain the spread of COVID-19,” Health Secretary Tyler Shandro said in a statement.

“As we open the second doses, the first doses remain a priority and I hope this low-threshold outreach clinic will encourage those who have not yet received a first dose.”

Rajan Sawhney, Alberta’s minister for community and social services and MLA for Calgary Northeast, says her constituency was particularly hard hit during the pandemic.

“This new way to get a vaccine is an important step in breaking down barriers that have kept many people from better protecting themselves and their loved ones.”

This is the third vaccination clinic for Northeast Calgary. The other clinics are open seven days a week and only offer vaccines by appointment.

They have given more than 85,000 vaccinations since March, officials say.

A drive-through clinic managed by Alberta Health Services opens June 7th.

Information on the currently available COVID-19 vaccines is offered in more than 70 languages.

All Albertans interested in being vaccinated at the Village Square Leisure Center at 2623 56 St. NE are asked to bring ID and their Alberta Health Care Card.

The clinic is open on June 5th and 6th from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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