March 16, 2021
RED DEER — COVID-19 swabbing and immunization services will soon be located in a single, new site in Red Deer, following a move to Westerner Park later this month.
Immunization services will begin at the new Westerner Park facility on March 21, and swabbing appointments will open at the site on March 29.
The new Westerner Park site will replace the current External Assessment Centre, which has been providing COVID-19 swabbing since early last year, as well as immunizations since January, 2021.
Additional immunizations have been provided at the Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre, however that site will focus on providing other core public health services once the Westerner Park site opens later this month.
The larger space at Westerner Park will house the required capacity for Red Deer, for both COVID-19 swabbing and immunization. Additionally this site will offer increased capacity for immunization if needed based on vaccine supply. Both operations will continue to be provided in line with all applicable public health measures.
Health Link and the AHS online booking tool will be updated to reflect the changes. Residents currently booked for immunizations starting March 21 will be notified of the new location for their appointment by the AHS auto dialer and email reminders.
Please note both COVID-19 swabbing and immunizations remain available by appointment only. Drops-ins are not permitted. To book an appointment visit www.ahs.ca/covid.
In addition, eligible Albertans can book appointments through participating pharmacies on the Blue Cross website.
We continue to ask that all individuals wait in their cars until 5 minutes before their appointment time, and not to arrive more than 10 minutes early.
Parking fees will no longer be charged for events happening at Westerner Park. Instead, a small facility fee on each ticket will be implemented. The new fee structure will lower the overall cost to guests while helping keep Westerner Park financially sustainable. Click here for more details.