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75 per cent of eligible Albertans now vaccinated

Provincial Press Release July 22, 2021 @ 3:17 pm published 5:49 pm

More than 2.8 million Albertans have rolled up their sleeves to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from COVID-19.

As of July 22, 75 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine through Alberta Health Services, community pharmacies and physician clinics. Also, 61.3 per cent are now fully immunized with both doses.

All Albertans are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated with both doses as soon as possible.

“Vaccines are crucial to keeping COVID-19 at bay in our province in the months to come. I am tremendously proud to see Albertans continue to step up to get their first dose. The more people who get vaccinated, the more control we have over this virus and its effect on our lives moving forward.” Jason Kenney, Premier

“Book your shot today and follow up with a second dose as soon as you are eligible to do so. Along with being protected, the sooner Albertans receive both doses, the sooner they can enter the remaining draws for our Open for Summer Lottery.” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“Seventy-five per cent of eligible Albertans vaccinated with at least one dose is a milestone to celebrate, but a quarter of eligible Albertans still do not have vaccine protection. We need to vaccinate as many people as possible now to protect us all in the weeks and months ahead.” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health

First doses provide strong protection against COVID and its variants. Second doses are needed to get the best and most long-lasting protection against the virus. It can take two to three weeks after receiving the shot for it to build to peak effectiveness.

Bookings for first and second doses are available provincewide. Albertans can book appointments through AHS online or by calling 811, or through participating pharmacies. First dose walk-in clinics are also available at multiple locations.

All Albertans 18 and over are eligible for the Open for Summer Lottery once they’ve received their COVID-19 vaccine.

Albertans with two doses can also register for the separate Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery offering draws for one-of-a-kind hunting, fishing and wilderness experiences. Anyone who already registered for the Open for Summer Lottery will need to register again specifically for the Outdoor Adventure Vaccine Lottery.

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