All Albertans 12+ now eligible for second COVID vaccine doses

All Albertans 12+ now eligible for second COVID vaccine doses

"The end of this awful time is just two weeks away".

"Thanks to vaccines and the millions of people who have been protected by them, we finally have the upper hand on this virus and can safely open up this province", he said.

Provinces in Canada are now at varying stages of restrictions in their respective COVID restart plans. On July 1, even those limits will be gone. There will be no restrictions on restaurants, retail spaces or places of worship, Kenney said.

Under Stage 3, all remaining restrictions will be lifted, including the ban on indoor social gatherings. No more limits for gyms, sports and fitness activities.

The province adds the general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.

There will be two more $1 million draws and 40 travel prizes offered by WestJet and Air Canada in August and September as part of the effort to encourage Albertans to get immunized.

Alberta identified 124 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

Tam said as of Friday there were 2,000 cases of the Delta variant across the country. The number of hospitalizations has fallen 45 per cent since the start of Stage 1, said Kenney, and the number of people in ICU has dropped 53 per cent.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced the acceleration of the vaccine rollout at a Friday afternoon press conference.

To that end, Shandro announced the province is taking advantage of increasing supplies to accelerate the timeline for second shots.

Those who got a first dose in June can book their second once four weeks have passed. Appointments can be booked through Alberta Health Services by calling 811.

Kenney said the Stampede was not expecting a lot of outside visitors.

"I never doubted Albertans".

Albertans who received a first dose of AstraZeneca should continue to wait a minimum of eight weeks before booking their second dose to ensure best effectiveness.

The variant is more transmissible and is spreading quickly in the United Kingdom, where some reopening measures have been delayed.

Three people, two in their 80s and one in their 60s, have died at the Foothills Medical Centre after contracting the variant. One had been fully vaccinated.

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