Alberta moves to Stage 3 of reopening plan on Canada Day

Alberta moves to Stage 3 of reopening plan on Canada Day

Alberta moves to Stage 3 of reopening plan on Canada Day

Kenney said there 2,471 active cases right now, the lowest since October, down 61 per cent since Stage 1 on reopening was started on June 1.

More than 3.6 million doses have been administered in the province to date.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced that effective immediately, anyone who received their first mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) dose in May or earlier can book their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

"No more limits on weddings or funerals", said Kenney.

Shandro says an additional 983,000 Albertans are now eligible for second doses.

Vaccines can be booked through the province's website or through a participating pharmacy.

Kenney continued to encourage Alberta to get vaccinated and pushed the Open for Summer Lottery. There were 2,336 active cases and, of those, 1,749 were variants of concern.

Albertans who received a first dose of AstraZeneca should continue to wait a minimum of eight weeks before booking their second dose to ensure best effectiveness. It has been identified in all 10 provinces and one territory.

Two patients in their 80s with underlying health issues died recently after contracting the variant during an outbreak at the Foothills hospital in Calgary. One of those individuals had been fully immunized.

"Thank you to the healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly to get needles into arms since December", said Kenney in a provincial address Friday afternoon. "If necessary, the vaccines in the future will be adjusted ... to be more protective against future variants".

David Shepherd, the NDP's health critic, said all Albertans deserve the credit for being able to reopen.

"The premier repeatedly acted last and least, personally violated public health orders, and spent a year downplaying the severity of COVID-19", said Shepherd. "As we move forward, we need to remain vigilant but I am proud of the people of this province for how they banded together to get through three waves of COVID-19".

Meanwhile, Alberta reported 124 new cases of COVID-19 after 5,574 tests were completed.

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

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