EDMONTON — Alberta’s high physician is urging persistence a day earlier than seniors born in 1946 and earlier grow to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw says there are 230,000 seniors on this age group, along with health-care employees and folks in different precedence teams nonetheless ready for his or her pictures.
She says any eligible seniors who need to be immunized ought to have the ability to get their first dose by the top of March, however there could also be hiccups alongside the best way.
The doses will likely be out there by appointment at 58 Alberta Well being Providers websites, and Hinshaw says pharmacies and medical doctors’ places of work will likely be added later.
Hinshaw additionally says it is not a carried out deal that the subsequent part of Alberta’s staged reopening plan, which incorporates eased restrictions on retail, banquet halls and motels, will start on March 1.
She says whereas hospitalizations are down, the take a look at positivity charge and variety of new individuals contaminated by every case are on the rise.
The choice will rely upon whether or not these will increase are as a result of native points that may be introduced beneath management or if it is a extra common unfold throughout the province, she mentioned.
Hinshaw mentioned it is doable that restrictions will likely be eased on the identical day a choice is introduced.
“I acknowledge it is difficult for companies who’re in search of certainty round dates and timelines,” she informed a information convention Tuesday.
“However we did want the extra time to have the ability to take a look at the total three-weeks of information following step one to have the ability to perceive what’s occurring with our numbers, the place is unfold occurring and if we have to take longer or a extra cautious method going ahead.”
Alberta reported 267 new COVID-19 infections in its Tuesday replace, together with 11 further deaths from the virus.
Hinshaw mentioned there have been 6,300 exams carried out up to now day and that 4.4 per cent got here again constructive.
There have been 326 COVID-19 sufferers in Alberta hospitals, together with 51 in intensive care.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Feb. 23, 2021.
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