Alberta moves up Deadline to give 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Kenney says

Individuals vaccinated in March can reserve starting Tuesday

Alberta moves up Deadline to give 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Kenney says

Alberta reached a turning point in its own COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Tuesday, with the announcement that everyone who has currently received an initial dose will be able to begin reserving second shots between today and the end of June,'' Premier Jason Kenney announced.

People who got their first shot in March can book their instant starting Tuesday afternoon, Kenney said. Those vaccinated in April can book second doses beginning on June 14, while individuals who got their shot May can reserve starting June 28.

"I know that millions of you're waiting to hear this good news," Kenney said.

Back in Alberta, 63.4 percent of people 12 and older have already been vaccinated with both doses.

Alberta reported 209 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Kenney place Tuesday's numbers in contrast with all the height of the third wave three weeks ago. There were 438 people in hospital of Tuesday, a drop of nearly 300 compared to May 11.

Starting this week, Alberta will begin screening all favorable instances for versions again, after it scaled back testing for variations to only those in specific classes, such hospital patients and health-care employees.

Advice on AstraZeneca
Albertans who obtained a AstraZeneca dose in March or sooner can reserve second-dose appointments beginning Tuesday. Anyone who received it in April or May need to wait till eight weeks have passed before booking.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said the province would offer that group a selection of the exact same AstraZeneca vaccine or a mRNA vaccine, either Pfizer and Moderna.

He implored Albertans to wait till it's their turn before trying to reserve their second dose.

"Attempting to book before your eligibility date means someone else dangers not getting their shot in the proper time and it causes waits for AHS, it causes delays for our pharmacy partners and their employees who have to cancel appointments for people who are not yet eligible," Shandro explained.

Each step of Alberta's three-step reopening plan is tied to vaccination rates.

Stage 1 launched Tuesday, reversing a few of the restrictions announced last month since if amounts threatened to swamp Alberta hospitals. Patios and hair salons may reopen, retail capacity has been increased slightly to 15 per cent and the size of permitted outdoor parties is back around 10 people.

Phase 2 -- which would include such measures as allowing venues like movie theaters and casinos to reopen -- might begin as early as June 10, the government said last week after the vaccination and degeneration thresholds were reached.

Virtually all the public health regulations are predicted to be calmed by early July.Hinshaw has said Alberta's reopening strategy will succeed provided that Albertans continue to exercise caution, physically distance, mask-up and get their vaccinations as soon as possible.

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