Alberta administered a single-day record number of COVID-19 vaccine doses Thursday.
The province said Friday they gave out nearly 57,000 doses of the vaccine over the last 24 hours.
In the Central zone, 111,735 doses have been administered – with 30.7 per cent of the population in the zone having received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 7.3 per cent fully vaccinated.
Premier Jason Kenney said in a press conference Friday that Alberta Health Services booked more than 130,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments Thursday, the first day people aged 30 and over were eligible.
In the Central zone alone, more than 5,000 appointments were booked Thursday and 1,131 more were booked as of 4 p.m. Friday.
Alberta has administered 1.79 million doses of the vaccine so far.
“We believe with incoming supply, we should have adequate supply to meet bookings that have been made in every health zone,” Kenney said.
“We have more bookings in all zones now than we have supply available, but what we’re banking on is additional incoming supply.”
Kenney added that next week the province will get 350,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 270,000 doses the following week.
Starting Monday, anyone 12 years of age or older in Alberta will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Of the doses the province has administered so far, there have been less than 300 adverse events following immunization, Kenney said.
“The science could not be more clear that the risk of COVID to your health is infinitely greater than the tiny risk posed by vaccines,” Kenney said.