Alberta reports 1,300 COVID-19 cases over three days as eligibility expands for third doses of vaccine

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The number of hospitalizations has dropped in the last three days, but there have been an extra 13 COVID-19 deaths. The mortality toll from COVID-19 in Alberta is 3,155.

Over the previous three days, 1,300 new instances of COVID-19 have been recorded in Alberta, as appointments for booster vaccine shots for seniors, adults, and health-care workers became available.

With 586 new cases reported on Friday, 430 on Saturday, and 284 on Sunday, the total number of active cases in the province remained at 6,387, just one less than when data was last released on Friday.

The number of hospitalizations has dropped in the last three days, but there have been an extra 13 COVID-19 deaths. The mortality toll from COVID-19 in Alberta is 3,155.

There are currently 608 COVID patients in hospitals, with 135 of them in intensive care units. This is down from 660 people admitted to the hospital on Friday, with 141 in the intensive care unit.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, reported online Monday that 72.6 percent of the 473 non-ICU (patients) are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

“Of the 135 patients in the ICU, 85.9% are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated.”

Albertans aged 70 and up, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people aged 18 and up, front-line health-care workers who received a second dose within eight weeks of their first, and people who received shots of the AstraZeneca or Jansen vaccines — also known as viral vector vaccines — can now schedule third doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Their appointment for the third dose, however, must be at least six months following the second.

Beginning Monday, appointments could be made online through Alberta Health’s online portal, by calling 811, or at participating pharmacies.

The increase of the booster dosage rollout is based on recommendations from the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, according to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

During a press conference last week, Kenney added, “We want to extend that protection to everybody who might have an increased risk level.”

“At this time, there is no scientific evidence or advice that the general public requires booster doses.”

As of Monday, 81.2 percent of the eligible population (those aged 12 and up) had received all of their vaccines, accounting for 69.1% of the total population. Meanwhile, 87.5 percent of individuals who were eligible for the vaccine received at least one dose.

Vaccines, according to Hinshaw, are safe, efficacious, and life-saving.

For the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020, the US land border was opened to fully vaccinated Canadian travellers on Monday.

A traffic bottleneck choked the route at Coutts, Alberta, where the wait to cross the border was four hours before midday and three hours by mid-afternoon.

Coutts Mayor Jim Willett said trucks and RVs began arriving as early as Friday, more than tripling the town’s population of less than 300 people.

“I’ve talked to people who have lived here their whole lives, and they’ve never seen a line this long,” Willett said.

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