AHS recruiting for ramped-up COVID-19 vaccination effort as Kenney says pace accelerating

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Phase one of the vaccination program involves immunizing front-line health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, those over 75 years of age and First Nations seniors.

Its second phase, due to begin in April, will include more high-risk populations while the third instalment will expand to the general population in the fall of 2021, says AHS.

On Tuesday, the province received 16,900 doses of the Moderna vaccine that’s easier to distribute in remote communities because it doesn’t require extreme freezing.

Province reports about 2,500 new cases on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 as infection rates trend back up

Alberta released “modified” information on COVID-19 in the province on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, forgoing a comprehensive update over the holidays.

Rather than provide precise values, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw posted on Twitter “estimates” for cases each day.

On Thursday, the province reported about 1,200 new cases from the previous day. On Friday, that number climbed to about 1,300 new cases.

Each day’s infections came from more than 16,000 cases, representing a 7.1 per cent and an eight per cent positivity rate on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

As well, Hinshaw said there was an “increase” in hospitalization admissions for COVID-19 on Thursday but said they remained “stable” on Friday. ICU admissions were reported as remaining stable each day.

On each day, the province did not report whether any new COVID-19 fatalities had occurred. The approach is identical to that taken between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27, after which point Alberta reported 112 new deaths over the previous five days.

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