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Sunday , 26 September 2021

Three million COVID-19 vaccine doses now working to protect Albertans

The Government of Alberta says it continues to deliver vaccines safely, effectively and ahead of schedule.

As of June 4, Alberta Health Services, community pharmacies and physician clinics have delivered more than three million doses into the arms of Albertans. More than 66 per cent of eligible Albertans have now received at least one dose of vaccine, while more than 13 per cent are now fully immunized.

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

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.

“Alberta’s vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed every day,” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health said. “Every day tens of thousands of doses are getting into Albertans’ arms. This is a testament to the commitment each Albertan has to putting this pandemic behind us.”

The government says 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.

“Every person who receives their vaccine today will help us to prevent future transmission,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health said. “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.”

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.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!