Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday that the province has reached 65 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday that the province has reached 65 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

65 per cent of Albertans now fully vaccinated

56.5 per cent of eligible Red Deerians have at least one dose of the vaccine

The province has reached a new milestone in its fight against COVID-19.

In a news release Friday, the provincial government announced 65 per cent of Albertans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – more than 2.4 million Albertans have received two doses.

According to the release, Alberta remains above the national average for full vaccinations and has a higher percentage of people fully vaccinated than the United States, France and Germany.

The announcement Friday comes just a day after the province released new COVID-19 guidelines. Officials dropped the quarantine requirement for all close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases, will no longer contact close contacts of cases and dropped asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.

Next month, the remaining provincial mask mandates will be lifted, isolation after a positive test will no longer be required and only those with severe symptoms will get a COVID-19 test.

The province also said that 75.8 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine.

“Vaccines are the most effective way to get past the pandemic. They’re safe and highly effective,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

“This is another important milestone, but we will keep pushing for more and more Albertans to get the vaccine. If you haven’t gotten both doses, now is the time.”

Of the eligible population, 56.5 per cent of Red Deerians have at least one dose of the vaccine and 48.2 per cent are fully vaccinated.

In Red Deer County, 46.7 per cent of people 12 and over have one dose and 39.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Sylvan Lake has about 47 per cent of its eligible population with one dose and 39 per cent fully vaccinated. Lacombe sits at 51.7 per cent with at least one shot and 44.2 per cent fully vaccinated.