Alberta moves to Stage 3 of reopening plan on Canada Day

Clausing Albertans eligible for vaccine All Albertans age 12+ now eligible for second COVID-19 dose Jun 18 2021 | 1:35 PM

Clausing Albertans eligible for vaccine All Albertans age 12+ now eligible for second COVID-19 dose Jun 18 2021 | 1:35 PM

Kenney thanked the health-care workers who worked to administer vaccinations and those who designed the rollout plan, as well as the 2.7 million Albertans who have received the vaccine.

Kenney said entering Stage 3 of the plan will mean no more restrictions on weddings or funerals, no restrictions on sports, gyms or fitness and no bans on indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Premier Jason Kenney says 70.2 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and over have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Hospitalizations continue to trend downward, with 237 people in hospital, 58 of which are in the ICU.

"On Canada Day, Alberta's public health measures will be lifted and our lives will get back to normal", Kenney announced at a press conference in Edmonton. Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and protective measures in continuing care settings will remain.

Three more individuals, ranging in ages from 40s to 60s, were reported to have died, bringing the number of COVID-19 deaths in Alberta up to 2,283.

To that end, Shandro announced the province is taking advantage of increasing supplies to accelerate the timeline for second shots.

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Health Minister Tyler Shandro joined Kenney for the announcement and to help unveil a sign declaring Alberta "Open for Summer". The premier also called for Albertans to use common sense and stay home if they feel sick.

Shandro said those who received a dose of an mRNA vaccine - Pfizer or Moderna - should wait four weeks before getting a second, while those who got AstraZeneca should wait eight weeks because studies show it is more effective with a longer interval. S. border will remain in place for at least another month until July 21. The world-renowned rodeo and fair is going ahead with fewer events, no chuckwagon races and with reduced capacity rules.

"I never doubted Albertans".

Also Friday, the province expanded vaccination availability to those who got their first dose in May.

Kenney said the variant bears watching, but has been circulating in Alberta for nine weeks and still represents less than 10 per cent of active cases.

"The premier repeatedly acted last and least, personally violated public health orders, and spent a year downplaying the severity of COVID-19", said Shepherd.

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