Alberta hit a milestone in the fight against COVID-19 this week.
As of Tuesday, the province has given out more than one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 18 per cent of Albertans now have at least some protection against the virus.
“This milestone is proof that we are stronger when we all work together. We would not have reached this milestone without the significant efforts of many Albertans – from those planning logistics to the front-line workers delivering immunizations,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a news release.
According to the release, the province has administered 1.4 million doses of the vaccine and nearly 191,057 people have been fully vaccinated.
In the release, the government noted that more than 1,300 pharmacies and 103 immunization sites are now administering the vaccine, and the province is on pace to distribute more than 300,000 doses a week.
According to the federal government’s vaccine distribution website, Alberta is due to receive 716,040 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine between next week and May 30. Alberta is also due to get 134,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine between April 19-25.
“Our vaccine rollout is gaining momentum, delivering on our promise to protect Albertans as safely and efficiently as possible. This milestone shows our hard work is paying off,” said Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro in a news release.
“With one million doses delivered already, we are well on our way to safely immunizing every eligible Albertan by the end of June if supply keeps up. The more people we can immunize, the greater impact these vaccines will have on putting COVID-19 behind us.”
The province says as of April 13, 82 per cent of Albertans age 80 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine; 79 per cent of Albertans age 75-79 have received at least one dose; 73 per cent of Albertans age 70-74 have received at least one dose; 68 per cent of Albertans age 65-69 have received at least one dose of vaccine; 43 per cent of Albertans age 60-64 have received at least one dose of vaccine and 24 per cent of Albertans age 55-59 have received at least one dose of vaccine.