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COVID-19: Vaccine Production Slowdown and Overdose in Alberta

The vaccine craze seems to be waning in Alberta. 21,442 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday, according to the province.

For comparison: 80,760 people received the vaccine on 20 May. This is the record for daily vaccinations since the start of the province’s vaccination campaign.

However, Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the province has yet to plateau.

We know that we never vaccinate 100% of the population.He announced this at a press conference on Wednesday.

He added that the province expects a slowdown in vaccination rates in the summer and continues to develop strategies to improve access to vaccines.

In an email statement, Alberta Health spokesman Tom McMillan said 288,000 appointments were scheduled over the next 14 days. He adds that vaccinations are also offered seven days a week in some parts of the province.

He also said that, with the exception of a small number of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the province’s surplus vaccine will not expire until the end of the year.

Surplus vaccines

There are currently about 900,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine surplus in the province.

She is also expected to receive over 1 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by August 15th.

Tom McMillan said that, with the exception of a small number of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the province’s surplus vaccine will not expire until the end of the year.

Reluctant Albertans

According to a recent poll Angus ReidOne in five Alberts is hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19, double the Canadian average.

Alberta is also the second lowest vaccine province in Canada.

As of July 10, 62.15% of Alberta’s population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Canadian government.

Only Saskatchewan (61.83%) and Nunavut (55.65%) have lower vaccination rates than Alberta.

As of the same date, 68.80% of the Canadian population received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

We will continue to look for innovative ways to increase the distribution of the first and second doses. Two important aspects of the campaign [d’information] vaccine safety and efficacy– says Tyler Shandro.

University of Calgary associate professor Jean-Christophe Boucher says Albertans between the ages of 18 and 39 are among the most resilient.

He argues that the decisions and speech of the Jason Kenny government, which, among other things, ruled out the idea of ​​a vaccine passport, are contributing to this phenomenon.

The narrative used by the Kenny government emphasizes individual freedom, with no hint of mandatory vaccinations and vaccination passports, meaning that pretty much everyone unvaccinated in Alberta sees no negative consequences.he explains.

Vaccine reserve

Alberta Health says the surplus vaccine can be used to meet future needs in the province.

However, Tyler Shandro said the government has not yet decided on the allocation of a possible third dose.

This decision should not be made by the vaccine manufacturers, but by our Chief Health Officer and the Immunization Advisory Committee. Dr. Hinshaw continues to analyze the research on this subject so that we can make a decision., he said.

To date, 74.8% of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 60.2% are fully immune.

The Angus Reid Institute conducted the online survey cited in this article from July 9-13, 2021, with a non-random sample of 2,040 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum. The margin of error cannot be calculated on a non-probabilistic sample like this.

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