Alberta crossed a significant vaccination threshold on Wednesday, with more than half of Albertans now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Alberta government stated that more than 1.9 million Albertans have received both doses, making up 50.7 per cent of the population.
Alberta Health Services, participating pharmacies and select physicians’ offices, have given out more than 4.6 million doses of vaccine provincewide.
“Thank you to the 2.8 million Albertans who have done the right thing by sticking it to COVID,” said Premier Jason Kenney.
“Thanks to their diligence, we have been able to open for summer. As our vaccination rate continues to climb, so does the prospect of Alberta being open for good. Let’s keep up the great work to keep our families, our communities and our province safe.”
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and can be used interchangeably for adults, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health. “It is important for Albertans to get the added protection of a second dose for themselves and those around them. Please take the earliest second-dose appointment available, regardless of brand.”
Seventy-three per cent of Albertans 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Alberta dropped to 745 active cases of COVID-19 on Monday, following a downward trend as vaccination rates increase. The province now has a 0.96 per cent test positivity rate as a seven-day average.
There were two additional deaths reported from the virus Wednesday in the North and Calgary zones.
Alberta also identified 67 new cases on Wednesday, including 21 new variant cases. This brings the active total of variant cases to 453.
Alberta now has 140 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 30 in the ICU.
In the Central zone, there are 79 active cases of the virus, with 16 people in hospital and one in the ICU.
Red Deer’s active cases were 18 on Wednesday compared to 20 in the last report. The city has now had 5,775 total cases, with 5,714 recovered and 43 deaths.
Red Deer County has three active cases of the virus, Lacombe County has one active and Clearwater County sits at six active.
Lacombe has four active and Sylvan Lake has nine, while Olds sits at zero. Mountain View County sits at three active, Kneehill County has 10 active and Drumheller has one active case.
Camrose County and the County of Stettler have zero active cases.
Camrose is also at zero active cases and Wetaskiwin has four active.
Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis, has 20 active. Ponoka, including East Ponoka County, has zero active cases. Rimbey, including parts of Lacombe County, has two active.