Staggered second-dose vaccine appointments opening today, June 1

Lawrence Kim
June 2, 2021

The premier says as long as there are no more vaccine shipment delays, everyone should be able to have their second dose by the end of the summer.

Second dose appointments will open on June 14 for those who received their first vaccine in April, and those who got the jab in May will have to wait to start booking until June 28.

Those that received the AstraZeneca vaccine will have the choice to book a second AstraZeneca dose or choose the mRNA vaccine for their second dose.

Kenney says Tuesday's announcement doesn't mean those who haven't booked their first dose have lost their spot in line.

Albertans who received their first COVID-19 vaccine in March are able to start booking appointments for a second dose Tuesday.

The province has delivered over 2.81 million doses of vaccine and just over 63 per cent of those eligible, 12 years of age and older, have received at least one shot.

Hinshaw said reports of VITT after the second dose of AstraZeneca is more rare than with the first, but the decision is up to the individual.

Alberta moves into Stage 1 of the Open for Summer Plan on Tuesday, which allows outdoor patio dining at restaurants, personal and wellness services can reopen, and the number of attendees permitted at funerals, weddings, and outdoor gatherings increases.

The changes announced last week are linked to more people getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and hospitalization numbers dropping.

Also, restaurant patios will reopen, allowing for up to four diners within the same household per table.

Each step of Alberta's three-step reopening plan is tied to vaccination rates. Alberta has administered a total 2,811,168 doses, which includes second vaccines for 397,209 people who are fully immunized.

While the province begins easing public health measures, daily case rates and hospitalizations have continued to decline.

The province has set a target for moving to Stage 3 by late June or early July that would lift almost all pandemic-related restrictions.

Alberta reported 263 new cases on Monday, down from 452 a week ago.

The Stampede is aiming for a reduced festival experience from July 9-18, with midway rides and a rodeo, but without the signature chuckwagon races.

"Rather than having an event simply to have it in 2021, we want to work with our stakeholders and partners on relaunching K-Days in 2022", Northlands, the K-Days organizer, said in a statement.

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