FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna said Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, its COVID-19 shot provides strong protection against the coronavirus that's surging in the U.S. and around the world. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

More than 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered in Alberta

Alberta Health Services, community pharmacies and physician clinics have now delivered more than three million COVID-19 vaccine doses into the arms of Albertans.

As of Friday, more than 66 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least once dose of vaccine, while more than 13 per cent are now fully immunized.

“Crossing the 3 million dose milestone means we are that much closer to being open for summer. As more Albertans continue to step up and get vaccinated, we can all look forward to brighter days ahead,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

Second doses are now also available and will be administered as follows:

  • Anyone vaccinated in March or earlier can now book their second dose.
  • Anyone vaccinated in April can book their second dose starting no later than June 14.
  • Anyone vaccinated in May can book their second dose starting no later than June 28.

Albertans can book appointments through AHS online or by calling 811, or through participating pharmacies.

A single dose of COVID-19 vaccine offers at least 80 per cent protection against severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death. However, second doses are needed to get the best and most long-lasting protection against the virus.

Albertans who have received their vaccine are required to continue following public health guidelines, including physical distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, masking when in public and staying home when sick. It can take two to three weeks after receiving the shot for it to build effectiveness, and two doses are needed for optimal protection against COVID-19.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said every person who receives their vaccine today will help prevent future transmission.

“If you have not yet received your first dose, please book an appointment. If you have, follow up with your second dose appointment when you are eligible to do so,” said Hinshaw.



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