April 27, 2021


15,000 meat plant workers in Alberta, Canada, to be offered COVID-19 vaccinations



Alberta, Canada, plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to about 15,000 workers at meat-packing plants across the province starting this week, provincial Health Minister Tyler Shandro said on April 26.


Earlier this month, the Alberta government said it would open vaccination clinics at some of the 136 meat-packing plants in the province as early as April 20, starting with a pilot project at a Cargill operation near High River.


The plans were pushed back due to a delayed shipment of 64,000 doses of Moderna vaccine that Alberta Health had said was originally scheduled to arrive last week. At the time, the province had more than 200,000 unused vaccine doses, but Shandro said those doses had been allocated elsewhere.


The health minister said that the rollout will now begin on April 27 and that a combination of on-site and community locations would be used to help vaccinate the workers as quickly as possible.


Workers at the 18 federally regulated plants like Olymel in Red Deer and Cargill in High River will be immunised through Primary Care Network clinics, public health clinics, local pharmacies or AHS sites, Alberta authorities said.


Once those clinics are complete, workers at those plants who have not yet been vaccinated, as well as workers at the 118 smaller, provincially regulated plants, will be provided with a letter establishing their eligibility for immunization.


- CBC News