Provincial Press Release April 14, 2021 @ 5:11pm published at 6:30pm
Pharmacist Jason Chan Remillard administers COVID-19 vaccine to Jennifer Primmer, as Alberta surpasses one millionth dose milestone.
As of April 13, one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered through Alberta Health Services and community pharmacies, with nearly 18.1 per cent of Albertans now having some protection against COVID-19.
Every adult in Alberta will be offered a first dose of vaccine by June 30, if not sooner.
“This milestone is proof that we are stronger when we all work together. We would not have reached this milestone without the significant efforts of many Albertans – from those planning logistics to the front-line workers delivering immunizations. Thanks to our province’s rapidly growing capacity to deliver vaccines quickly and safely into the arms of Albertans, as well as a recent boost in the number of vaccines coming in to our province, a safer return to normal is drawing nearer.” - Jason Kenney, Premier
“Our vaccine rollout is gaining momentum, delivering on our promise to protect Albertans as safely and efficiently as possible. This milestone shows our hard work is paying off. With one million doses delivered already, we are well on our way to safely immunizing every eligible Albertan by the end of June if supply keeps up. The more people we can immunize, the greater impact these vaccines will have on putting COVID-19 behind us.” -Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
“This vaccine milestone is encouraging news. I thank all Albertans who have signed up to get their shot so far, as well as those who are patiently awaiting their turn. This pandemic is not over yet. Please continue to follow public health measures, including masking, distancing and staying home when ill until all eligible Albertans can be immunized.” - Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health
With more vaccines arriving, Alberta has ramped up its vaccine rollout in recent weeks. More than 1,300 pharmacies and 103 immunization sites are now administering the vaccine, and the province is on pace to distribute more than 300,000 doses a week.
More than 1.7 million Albertans are currently eligible for the vaccine. Book your appointment at any participating pharmacy with the AHS online booking tool or by calling 811.
All approved vaccines are safe and effective and will help prevent serious illness but take two to three weeks after the shot to give protection. Two doses are needed for optimal protection against COVID-19.
Albertans who have received their vaccine must continue to follow public health guidelines to protect themselves and those not yet immunized, including physical distancing, practising good hand hygiene, masking when in public and staying home when sick.
Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.
As of April 13, 1,004,123 doses of vaccine have been administered in Alberta.
As of April 13:
82 per cent of Albertans age 80 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.
79 per cent of Albertans age 75-79 have received at least one dose of vaccine.
73 per cent of Albertans age 70-74 have received at least one dose of vaccine.
68 per cent of Albertans age 65-69 have received at least one dose of vaccine.
43 per cent of Albertans age 60-64 have received at least one dose of vaccine.
24 per cent of Albertans age 55-59 have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Anyone eligible in Phase 1, 2A, 2B or 2C of Alberta’s vaccine rollout who hasn’t yet received the vaccine can continue to book their appointment through a participating pharmacy or AHS.