In April, a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination site will open at the Calgary TELUS Convention Center, allowing hundreds of people to be vaccinated every day.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) announced Monday that the convention center location will be open between eight and 16 hours a day, seven days a week. The opening times depend on the vaccine supply.
The site will house approximately 100 vaccination stations and can be expanded to 120 stations depending on the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.
If 10 vaccination stations at this location are fully used for eight hours, 500 Albertans could be vaccinated daily in the congress center.
The addition of the TELUS Convention Center location brings the total number of AHS immunization sites in the Calgary Zone to 25.
“Calgarians have been incredible in their actions to protect one another during this pandemic,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said in the AHS media release. “With vaccines now available to many, it was critical to have a central location that could accommodate a huge amount of vaccination effort.”
The Downtown Calgary Convention Center is a central location in the city. Public transit access is convenient, and the city of Calgary offers free parking for those who get vaccinated on site.
The vaccination center is open to authorized persons who have booked a vaccination appointment in advance. Albertans can check their eligibility and book their appointment using the online booking tool or by calling Health Link at 811. AHS notes that there are no drop-in dates.
Booking on this website is expected to be possible later this month for dates starting April 5th.
“We are proud to be called upon to support our provincial response to COVID-19 and provide our community with a safe and clean vaccination room,” said Kurby Court, President and CEO of the Calgary TELUS Convention Center.
“This is one of the most significant events we will ever host and we will work closely with our local and regional partners to achieve a seamless transition to a vaccination site.”