At a press conference to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in the province, Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced on Wednesday that more Albertans will be eligible for a third dose of a vaccine from Monday, November 8th.
Click here for Wednesday’s daily COVID-19 figures
Those 70 years of age and older – at least six months after their second dose – will now be eligible for a booster vaccination. The premiere also said “healthcare professionals providing direct patient care who received their second dose less than eight weeks after their first dose (will be eligible for booster injection) because the data show that the closer the range is, so perhaps, the less durable protection of these vaccines. “
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Kenney said healthcare professionals who have only received viral vector vaccines, “for example, two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine,” will now also be eligible for the additional dose.
All First Nations, Inuit, and Métis persons 18 years of age and older who have been at least six months since their second dose are also eligible for the booster shot.
“Some might ask why we make this more generally accessible to the first nations, indigenous communities of 18 years and over?” said Kenney. “Well, unfortunately, the data show that indigenous peoples have suffered significantly worse outcomes of COVID-19 than the general upward population, and this is a reflection of the higher level of risk.
“We want to provide that protection to anyone who may have an increased level of risk.”
Kenney said the extension of eligibility for additional doses follows the latest scientific recommendations from not only the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, but also the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Wednesday’s daily COVID-19 numbers
From Wednesday afternoon, health director Dr. Deena Hinshaw that there was a “sharp drop” in the number of cases across the province.
“We have passed the peak of the fourth wave thanks to the targeted public health measures we have in place and our rising immunization rates as more eligible Albertans choose to be immunized,” Hinshaw said.
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New cases dipped below the 500 mark, with 487 new cases from around 10,300 tests.
There are currently 184 schools in active alarms or outbreaks in the province. Of these, four schools had 10 or more COVID-19 cases that went to school during the last two weeks while infected.
Currently, 697 people are being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital, which includes 155 people in intensive care.
Fourteen new deaths were also reported.
There were 6,693 active cases in Alberta on Wednesday.
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