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More than 90,000 vaccine appointments booked: AHS

Last Updated Feb 25, 2021 at 11:58 am MDT

In this handout photo released by the University of Oxford a volunteer participates in the vaccine trial in Oxford, England on July 7, 2020. An Alberta senator is urging Ottawa to fund a Canadian company so it can develop a domestic COVID-19 vaccine to lessen the risk Canadians will have wait in a line on a foreign-made pandemic cure. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-University of Oxford via AP

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – It appears problems with the Alberta Health Services (AHS) vaccine booking service have eased after Wednesday’s launch.

Hundreds of Albertans voiced their frustration over delays on the website, with several people saying the booking crashed minutes after it opened at 8:00 a.m.

Others reported waiting hours just to get through, some completing the questionnaire only to be booted out.

Despite the delays, AHS said that as of Thursday morning, more than 90,000 Albertans successfully booked their vaccine appointments.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro addressed the delays Wednesday afternoon, assuring Albertans that AHS is working hard to make sure those who want to book a vaccine appointment, can.

“AHS has, for many weeks, been able to bolster the infrastructure, the staffing capacity at 811 to be able to help with this as well as the infrastructure included for the telephone system and online.”

Shandro said Alberta is expected to receive up to 55,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine per week to help with the demand.

“Now that we have an allotment table from the federal government that provides us with some predictability and stability in the coming four to five weeks, that’s great news for us to start having these appointments booked.”

Vaccine appointments are still available through the AHS website or contacting Health Link at 811.