Alberta expands second dose vaccine rollout

  • Alberta expands second dose vaccine rollout

Alberta expands second dose vaccine rollout

Second dose appointments will open on June 14 for those who received their first vaccine in April, and those who got the jab in May will have to wait to start booking until June 28.

NACI officials now say a first dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine can safely be combined with a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots "unless contraindicated".

Kenney says Tuesday's announcement doesn't mean those who haven't booked their first dose have lost their spot in line.

About two million Canadians received the AstraZeneca vaccine before provinces stopped using it for first doses last month over concerns it is potentially linked to a rare but serious blood-clotting syndrome.

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

Premier Kenney said Alberta continues to be a leader in second-dose vaccinations, with over 10 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.

In a news conference on Friday, the premier said the province's plan for second doses would be announced "early next week".

Alberta will move to Stage 1 of the 'Open for Summer' plan on June 1.

About 63.4 per cent of Albertans age 12 and over have now gotten a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Also, restaurant patios will reopen, allowing for up to four diners within the same household per table.

He advises people to continue being as safe as possible even after reopening and recommends they stay away from large gatherings until receiving the second dose.

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

As of May 30, 2,781,430 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and 391,175 Albertans are fully immunized with two doses of vaccine.

This comes after case counts continued to decline over the weekend.

The new cases reported Tuesday came from 4,100 tests for a positivity rate of about five per cent.

Currently, the province has met both thresholds, as the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropped to only 478 on Saturday.

Kenney said earlier that he hopes the summer landscape includes a return to signature festivals, including the Calgary Stampede and K-Days in Edmonton.

"Rather than having an event simply to have it in 2021, we want to work with our stakeholders and partners on relaunching K-Days in 2022", Northlands, the K-Days organizer, said in a statement.