Kenney, Shandro to provide update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro will provide an update on the province’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution at a news conference at noon today.

You can watch it here live.

Alberta has not yet released a detailed plan with timeline for different demographic groups becoming eligible for the shot.

At present, the province’s plan says the vaccine won’t be available to the general public until fall. 

Delayed shipments stalled the phased rollout in Alberta and across Canada.

So far, Alberta has remained in the first phase of its immunization plan.

The province is immunizing residents of long-term care and designated supportive living facilities, as well as specific categories of health-care workers, including those who work in emergency or intensive care settings where COVID-19 cases are likely to be present.

Staff who work in long-term care and designated supportive living facilities were included, as were home care workers.

The government has said the next phase will see vaccine offered to all seniors age 75 and older, and First Nations, Métis and people aged 65 or older living in a First Nations community or Métis settlement.

Kenney has faced criticism in recent days from municipal politicians and health experts over the lack of public detail on the province’s wider distribution plan.

Kenney and provincial spokespeople have said details about distribution sites would be coming soon. 

As of Feb. 17, Alberta had administered 155,532 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 58,674 Albertans fully immunized having received two doses.

Pfizer and Moderna — the two vaccines approved by Health Canada — both require two shots.

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