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Alberta's capacity to vaccinate for COVID-19 will soon outstrip supply

Dr. Deena Hinshaw Dr. Deena Hinshaw
Gustavo Carr | 13 January, 2021, 21:45

By the end of January, Kenney said the province will be able to administer 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week through partnerships with community pharmacies.

"Any appointments that were previously made will be honoured, and all residents of long-term care and designated supportive living facilities will still receive their second dose at the three-to-four-week interval to ensure that those at the absolute highest risk get that second dose in that shorter window". Alberta Health Services' testing protocols and recommendations haven't changed, she said. "This expansion of eligibility is important as we ramp up our efforts to get as many doses in the arms of health care workers as well as vulnerable Albertans as possible". Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said at a Tuesday news conference the ominous landmark demonstrates the need to dispense as many first doses of the vaccine as possible, even as the province has warned of the potential for supply shortages in the future. It is common to see side effects like fever or muscle aches after a vaccine, and this is a sign the immune system is working to build antibodies.

Meantime, another case of the COVID-19 variant from the United Kingdom has been identified in Alberta, for a total of five cases.

Lacombe County has 30 active cases, down one, and the city of Lacombe has 34, down three. There have been 1,397 recoveries, an increase of 18 as the total number of COVID-19 cases attributed to the city rose by just five to 1,634. Twenty-three St. Albertans have died since the pandemic began.

Alberta set a new record for COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday and will delay the second dose of vaccinations up to 42 days after the first shot.

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The province says it will publish the "legal parameters" for the order online today and offer more clarification on the measure. Ford said the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 are at the highest since the start of the pandemic last spring.

Tuesday652 new cases, record 38 deathsDr. Of those, 130 people are receiving treatment in ICU.

"If we were to save half of every vaccine shipment for those who need a second dose, we would be dramatically reducing the total number of Albertans who could benefit from the early protection".

Two weeks have now passed since Christmas with no boom in new infections.

The number of daily tests has been below 10,000 for the past two days, something Hinshaw was unable to explain but said that they are investigating it.