Alberta expands second dose vaccine rollout


With 63.4 per cent of Albertans having already received their first doses, Premier Jason Kenney announced that second-dose appointments are being opened up.

Albertans who were vaccinated in March can book a second dose starting on Tuesday, June 1. Albertans who got their first dose in April can start booking on June 14 and people vaccinated in May can do so on June 28.

"This is the start of opening Alberta for summer and getting our lives back to normal".

The government noted that bookings for first doses remain the top priority, and second doses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In a post on his official Twitter account, Kenney said there will be an "important announcement" today on Alberta's plans to roll out second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"We'll continue to prioritize first doses for anybody who wants to be vaccinated", said Kenney.

Alberta attained the second-phase benchmarks last week when 60 per cent of eligible vaccination recipients received at least one shot and the number of those in hospital for COVID-19 dropped below 500. "As long as the supply allows, the interval for Pfizer and Moderna... will be lowered over time to a minimum of three to four weeks".

"You're getting a second dose way sooner than we had expected", he explained, asking for patience. There were 7,646 active cases across the province. Some people prefer sticking with AZ for both doses, and that option has been "retained", said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer.

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"This includes outbreaks and alerts that were opened before the two-week online school shift and these are closing gradually", said Hinshaw.

The death of a man in his 80s from the Edmonton zone is the only COVID-19 death reported Tuesday.

"AstraZeneca remains a safe and highly effective option", said Shandro.

"After carefully reviewing the evidence from other jurisdictions, while AstraZeneca is still a good choice, we will offer Albertans a choice", Shandro said.

Nearly all of the public health regulations are expected to be rescinded by early July.Hinshaw has said Alberta's reopening plan will succeed as long as Albertans continue to exercise caution, physically distance, mask-up and get their vaccinations as soon as possible.

In following the recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization released Tuesday, Alberta will be offering either mRNA vaccines as a second dose for those whose first shot was AstraZeneca. However, she said people should look at "all the information in front of them about AstraZeneca".

Alberta has now begun the rollout of second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine across the province. The lowest daily case count reported between the second and third waves was 221 on February 8.