In this Monday, March 15, 2021 file photo a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is pictured in a pharmacy in Boulogne Billancourt, outside Paris. Questions remained Wednesday about the future of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in Canada, as Manitoba limited use of the shot and Ontario announced it planned to save an incoming shipment to use as second doses.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Christophe Ena, File

Alberta could receive 76,500 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine next week

Alberta should be getting a large shipment of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine next week.

According to the federal government’s vaccine delivery schedule on its website, between May 17-23, Alberta is due to receive 76,500 doses of AstraZeneca.

“Alberta has only recently been informed of these potential shipments and is evaluating the best way to proceed,” said Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan Thursday afternoon.

Earlier this week, the province announced they would stop giving first dose shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine after they only had about 8,400 doses left.

Alberta Health indicated they had administered approximately 255,000 first doses of AstraZeneca and 2,200 second doses.

Wednesday, the federal government confirmed Canada was set to receive 655,200 doses of AstraZeneca from COVAX next week.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said she recognizes there is concern about when Canadians who got their first shot of AstraZeneca, will be able to receive their second dose.

“We know that the AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to be more effective with an interval of 12 weeks, so those who have received one dose are recommended to wait for at least 12 weeks before receiving a second vaccine,” she said.

“Generally, vaccine series are completed with the same vaccine, but in some cases, they can be completed with a different one. As well, it may be possible that using a different vaccine type could result in a greater immune response, providing broader protection against COVID-19.”

Ontario will get 255,000 doses of AstraZeneca and Quebec will get 148,100 in the latest shipment.

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