Second-dose vaccine appointments open for Albertans vaccinated in March or earlier

Second-dose vaccine appointments open for Albertans vaccinated in March or earlier

"This is where we start to live the promise that these vaccines have brought", said Kenney.

Alberta is on track to move to Stage 2 of the reopening plan by June 10. By 5 p.m., there were more than 24,000 people in the queue to book.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Alberta has dropped by more than 40 per cent in the last week as hospitalizations continue to decline.

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and Dr. Verna Yiu, president and chief executive officer for Alberta Health Services, will join the premier for the update.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization changed its guidance to provinces and territories Tuesday, which is now recommending that a first shot of AstraZeneca can be mixed with Pfizer or Moderna.

The move to Stage 1 occurred as the province reached the benchmarks of having the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in more than 50 per cent of the eligible population and hospitalization numbers below 800.

"I want to stress that both AstraZeneca and mRNA vaccines are good options, both vaccines will further protect you from severe illness", Hinshaw said.

Annabelle's Kitchen and Bar Annabelle owner Leslie Echino says they have seen a drop in takeout over the last three or four weeks, which signals to her people will be ready to connect in person again.

There have been 41 confirmed or suspected cases of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia - a rare but serious blood clotting syndrome potentially linked to AstraZeneca - across Canada, and five people have died.

The announcement comes on the same day Alberta lifted more public health restrictions on the first stage of its accelerated plan to lift health restrictions and return the province to a semblance of normality by early July.

"There will not be a delay in receiving either vaccine, whatever option you choose".

Appointments can be booked through the AHS website, through a participating pharmacy or by calling Health Link at 811.

"You're getting a second dose way sooner than we had expected", he explained, asking for patience.

"This is yet another big milestone in our fight against COVID-19, and it takes us even closer to a post-pandemic world", Premier Jason Kenney told a news conference Tuesday.

Alberta reported 263 new cases on Monday, down from 452 a week ago.

There are 438 COVID-19 patients in hospital, including 127 in intensive-care units. Alberta's death toll is now 2,228.

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