“The goal is providing first doses to all Albertans as soon as possible.”
Alebrtans 18 and older may be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccine sooner than first thought.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said the province is planning to extend the timeline between both doses.
Starting March 10, second doses will be administered up to four months later. Those who’ve already scheduled their second appointment for after this date will still get their shot as planned.
Hinshaw says this will allow more people to get their first shot sooner, with the current goal being to have vaccines ready for the general public by early summer.
She said the evidence on COVID-19 vaccines is constantly evolving, and the way provinces handle immunizations must update to reflect the newest information.
An exact timeline is still being developed. The vaccine supply will dictate when the public will start getting the shot.
So far, the province has administered over 255,000 vaccines with around 80,000 Albertans already receiving both doses.