EDMONTON — Standing in front of a freezer where some of the COVID-19 vaccines will be stored when they arrive in Alberta Tuesday, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said another 25,000 doses will be shipped next week.
Nearly 4,000 health-care workers in Edmonton and Calgary will begin to be vaccinated on Wednesday, a week after Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
“We chose these cities because that’s where these cases numbers are the highest and their health system is facing the greatest challenge in terms of capacity, and we’re going to the give the system some real help in terms of dealing with those challenges,” Shandro said.
The health minister also announced the province will receive another 25,350 doses next week to be given to as many acute care workers.
“We don’t have to hold back any of that portion for the second dose. We’re going to give the first dose of vaccine to 29,000 health-care professionals by the end of December.”
Continuing care residents are not part of the first round of vaccinations because Pfizer requires the province to administer the first 29,000 doses at the sites of delivery. But Shandro said Alberta expects to receive a “significant amount” of Moderna doses later this month. The Moderna vaccine does not need to be stored in ultra-cold freezers and can be taken to continuing care facilities.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported a daily high of 1,887 cases of the coronavirus and 15 deaths Monday.
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