In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed that Alberta Health Services has more than 100,000 appointments open in the coming weeks; However, she noted that most of them don’t start opening until the middle or end of next week.
Due to this availability, Dr Hinshaw said officials plan to start offering second doses to Albertans, adding that the province plans to provide an update on this next week.
Alberta’s top doctor says the province believes it will be able to make second doses available “very soon.”
“With the supplies that we expect to arrive over the next few weeks, I expect that by early summer we will be able to provide second doses to the majority of Albertans,” said Dr. Hinshaw. .
Part of the timing of announcing the upcoming second dose is making sure all eligible people have had a chance to receive their first dose and allowing those who booked for a first dose to find an appointment. you earlier.
As of May 26, 2,615,747 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta and 363,926 people were fully immune with two doses.
Alberta reported 513 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, making it the eleventh day in a row that fewer than 1,000 new daily cases have been found. The number of active infections in the province has declined to 10,017.
Hospitalizations due to the virus fell by 10, to 538, including 150 Albertans in intensive care.
One additional death has been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19-related deaths in the province to 2,199.
Since the start of the pandemic, Alberta has recorded 225,937 confirmed cases, with 213,721 people now recovering from the virus.