Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says all residents in long-term care and designated supportive living facilities have received two doses of the vaccine against COVID-19.
Kenney says the province will now move to complete vaccinations for other seniors and anyone living in congregate care, which includes many privately run care facilities.
He told Calgary radio station CHQR the province will be ramping up immunizations once it gets more doses from the federal government.
A reduced vaccine shipment from suppliers has been causing delays, but Ottawa 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.
Seniors and front-line health care workers are the first in line to be immunized in the first stage of Alberta’s vaccination rollout.
The next stage is expected to begin in April and Health Minister Tyler Shandro has said priority groups in that phase will be announced soon.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 19, 2021
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