The move accelerates the previous plan, which was to open reservations next week for Albertans who received their first doses in April. “This means an additional 650,000 Albertans can now start reserving their second doses now,” Kenney said at a press conference Thursday.
“This is great news, not only for those who will be fully immunized sooner than they thought, but for everyone in the province who will benefit from widespread immunity. the pandemic. ”
Appointments for the second dose can be made through Alberta Health Services and participating pharmacies and medical clinics.
Anyone who received AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose is advised to wait at least eight weeks between doses. In addition, these people will be able to choose between a second dose of AstraZeneca or one of the mRNA vaccines.
Albertans vaccinated in May are currently expected to start reserving their second dose starting June 28. The province will continue to ramp up second doses if the offer allows, she said in a press release.
Anyone who has not received their first dose of vaccine is encouraged to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Kenney said 67.8% of Albertans have now received a first dose of the vaccine.
On Thursday, the province moved closer to an unrestricted summer when it moved to Stage 2 of the reopening plan.
Restaurants can now open for indoor dining. Shopping malls, casinos and cinemas can reopen at a third of their capacity. Outdoor private gatherings can include up to 20 people. Restrictions on youth and adult sport have been lifted.
The third and final stage of the reopening will begin two weeks after 70% of eligible Albertans – those aged 12 and older – have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Kenney said Alberta is currently 100,000 first doses below the target for Stage 3, and 71,000 more first-dose appointments are booked over the next week.
“I would love if we could just, like I said, shake the trees, bring in 40,000 more people this week, and then we could have an open Canada Day,” he said.
178 new cases
Alberta has reported 178 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and 138 more cases of variants of concern have been identified.
Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said 306 people were hospitalized as of Thursday, including 81 in intensive care.
The deaths of six other people have been reported to Alberta Health. Five of the deaths took place this week and one took place in December.
In the past 24 hours, 5,501 tests have been performed, with a positivity rate of 3.3%.
Here is a breakdown of active cases across the province:
- Calgary area: 1,523
- Zone d’Edmonton : 1 028
- North Zone: 588
- Central areas: 496
- South zone: 174
- Unknown: 1