HSAA welcomes much-needed step to protect health-care workers aiding Albertans during pandemic

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) President, Mike Parker, reacts to the news paramedics are finally being included in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.

Edmonton — The Health Sciences Association of Alberta welcomes today’s news that paramedics are being added to the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out.

“Paramedics have been walking into uncontrolled circumstances since the beginning of this pandemic as the first point of contact for Alberta’s sickest patients,” said Mike Parker, President of HSAA. “HSAA has been pushing Alberta Health Services, the Health Minister and the Chief Medical Officer of Health to vaccinate paramedics for weeks,” continued Parker. “We are eager to see the plan for when paramedics will start getting the protection they need to ensure they continue to be there for Albertans.”

While HSAA is happy to see this action being taken to protect paramedics there is still a need to protect more front-line workers. “Every Albertan on the front line protecting our families, friends and neighbours from this terrible virus needs to be supported. HSAA won’t cease in it’s effort to see all front-line health-care workers get the vaccine.

“Now, more than ever, health matters to all of us.”

HSAA is 27,000 health-care professionals dedicated to protecting the public health system and the vulnerable Albertans who rely on it.

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