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Excitement and relief for parents finally able to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments for kids

A health worker gives a shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man during a vaccination campaign at a community health center in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Alberta opened COVID-19 vaccine bookings for children aged five to 11 Wednesday morning, providing much-needed relief for families who have tried to keep their kids and themselves safe through the pandemic.

“It was super easy,” Billie Busby told CityNews.

“There were actually a lot of options available for timing over the next couple of weeks. I was quite happy I was able to book (my daughter) in even for a weekend appointment, so she doesn’t have to miss school.”

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Busby has been living COVID cautious because she has some asthma issues, and her elderly dad lives with them.

“It’s a bit of a relief that we know we’re all going to be vaccinated pretty soon,” she said.

The system did experience some small glitches with some pharmacies mistakenly entering their information thinking they were one of the four intended locations parents could make an appointment.

There was also an issue with parents only receiving one confirmation code after entering multiple children.


Overall, the process was smooth according to Vaccine Hunters Alberta.

“It was lightning fast,” said Sarah Mackey.

“They’ve done a great job with the site stability they just have a few of these other glitches to work out.”

Nearly 400,000 pediatric Pfizer vaccine doses of vaccine arrived in Alberta on Tuesday and were shipped to Alberta Health Services clinics across the province.

There are 391,000 children in the province eligible to get their COVID-19 shot.