VIDEO: Alberta Government Update on COVID-19 on Thursday

Alberta government officials provide an update on Thursday on the COVID-19 situation in the province and the rollout of vaccines.

Alberta Government press release:

As of May 12, Alberta Health Services, community pharmacies and physician clinics have delivered two million COVID-19 vaccine doses. Nearly 44 per cent of Albertans now have some protection against COVID-19.

Over the next seven days there are more than 328,000 appointments booked through AHS and pharmacies across Alberta. All Albertans aged 12 and up, who want to be vaccinated, are expected to receive their first dose by June 30.

“This tremendous milestone is made possible thanks to Albertans working together. For those who are asking whether they should get vaccinated, the answer is yes. By stepping up to receive the vaccine, we are protecting ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, and helping this province to move forward. The sooner we can get everyone 12 years and older vaccinated, the sooner we can put this pandemic behind us and look toward a brighter future for all Albertans.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

“Alberta’s vaccine rollout has significantly picked up speed. It took 119 days to reach one million doses administered and only 29 days to reach two million. We promised to deliver vaccines to Albertans as quickly and safely as possible, and we’re keeping that promise. With consistent vaccine supply finally arriving in Alberta and two million doses administered so far, we’re another step closer to reducing pressure on our health-care system and getting life back to normal.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“The tremendous response from Albertans is very encouraging in our fight against COVID-19. Thank you to every Albertan who has signed up to get their shot so far and for the exceptional work of our health-care teams working to get everyone immunized quickly and safely. We are on our way to widespread immunity for Alberta, but we still have much work to do before we reach that point. In the meantime, continue to follow public health measures, including masking, distancing and staying home when ill, until all eligible Albertans can be immunized.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health

More than 3.8 million Albertans are currently eligible for the vaccine. All eligible Albertans can book with a participating pharmacy or though AHS online or by calling 811. They can also book through participating pharmacies.

Albertans who have received their vaccine must continue to follow public health guidelines, including physical distancing, practising 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.

Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.

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