Premier Jason Kenney says more seniors, along with Albertans in group homes and homeless shelters, will be among the priorities in the next round of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Kenney also says all residents in long-term care and designated supportive living facilities have now received two doses of the vaccine.
Residents in those facilities have severe medical issues, such as dementia, and were considered highest risk if they contracted the novel coronavirus.
Those residents and front-line health care workers have been the priority cases in the first round of vaccinations.
Phase 2 is expected to begin sometime in April.
A reduced vaccine shipment from suppliers has been causing delays, but the federal government has said it has been assured by manufacturers that all doses promised for the first quarter of the year will arrive by the end of March.
Priority List for Second Round of COVID-19 Vaccinations in Alberta
Eligibility in Phase 2 will move from Group A toward Group D. Detailed information on how eligible Albertans will receive the vaccine will be released prior to each step in Phase 2.
- Group A includes:
- Albertans aged 65 to 74, no matter where they live.
- First Nations and Métis people aged 50 to 64, on and off reserve or Metis Settlements.
- Staff of licensed supportive living facilities not included in Phase 1.
- Group B includes:
- Albertans aged 18 to 64 with high-risk underlying health conditions. Additional information on specific conditions will be provided prior to Phase 2 rollout.
- Group C includes:
- Residents and staff of eligible congregate living settings. This includes correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and group homes, including disability, mental health and other types of licensed supportive living.
- Health-care workers providing direct and acute patient care who have a high potential for spread to high-risk individuals.
- Caregivers of Albertans who are most at risk of severe outcomes.
- Group D includes:
- Albertans aged 50 to 64, no matter where they live.
- First Nations and Métis people aged 35 to 49 on and off reserve or Metis Settlements.
— With Files From The Canadian Press