COVID-19 Update: Health Canada to approve Johnson & Johnson vaccine today | All adult Albertans will have access to first dose by June 30: Shandro

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Health Canada will approve Johnson and Johnson vaccine

In this file photo the Johnson & Johnson logo is seen above an entrance to a building at their campus in Irvine, California on August 28, 2019.
In this file photo the Johnson & Johnson logo is seen above an entrance to a building at their campus in Irvine, California on August 28, 2019. Photo by MARK RALSTON /AFP via Getty Images

Health Canada is to announce approval of the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson and Johnson this morning, according to multiple sources aware of the decision but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The federal regulator has found the evidence shows the vaccine is both safe and effective against the virus that causes COVID-19.

It is the fourth vaccine to be approved in Canada and the first and only one Canada has purchased that requires just a single dose.

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Thursday

COVID-19 variant outbreak at Edmonton’s Churchill Manor happened after dining room opened: family

The Churchill Manor Retirement Residence in southeast Edmonton on Wednesday March 3, 2021, where a COVID-19 variant outbreak was declared by the Alberta government. The facility reported 27 cases of coronavirus with 19 cases confirmed as variant cases to date.
The Churchill Manor Retirement Residence in southeast Edmonton on Wednesday March 3, 2021, where a COVID-19 variant outbreak was declared by the Alberta government. The facility reported 27 cases of coronavirus with 19 cases confirmed as variant cases to date. Photo by Larry Wong /Postmedia

Family of seniors at a retirement facility in Mill Woods worry a decision to open a dining room may have caused an outbreak of a COVID-19 variant, and want someone to be held accountable.

Rose Zinnick is afraid for her father, a 94-year-old resident, who is among 36 COVID-19 positive cases among residents and staff at Churchill Manor. Nineteen of these had been confirmed as variant cases as of Wednesday.

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Thursday

All adult Albertans to be offered first shot of COVID-19 vaccine by June 30

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic set up at the South Calgary Health Centre.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic set up at the South Calgary Health Centre. Photo by Brendan Miller/Postmedia

All adults in Alberta will be offered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced Thursday.

The commitment came a day before the one-year anniversary of Alberta’s first presumptive case of the deadly virus.

Speaking at Thursday’s daily COVID-19 briefing, Shandro and chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw outlined next steps in the roadmap for widespread immunizations in Alberta.

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Shandro said the province would soon offer 495,500 more Albertans the chance to be protected from the virus.

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Thursday

65- to 75-year-olds eligible for vaccine starting March 15; 331 new cases, nine deaths

Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Health Minister Tyler Shandro provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and Alberta’s vaccine rollout on Thursday afternoon.

  • Over 266,000 doses of vaccine administered; 90,000 Albertans fully immunized
  • 11,000 shots yesterday, which will be average level for the month of March, Shandro said
  • Bookings for Phase 2A will begin week of March 15; bookings will be offered in rolling daily one-year age groups starting with those born in 1947, then those in 1948 and so on
  • Shandro said that all Albertans should have access to at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by June 30, provided the federal vaccine supplies remain on schedule
  • 331 new cases of COVID-19 on 9,483 tests; 3.6% positivity rate
  • 245 in hospital; 47 in ICUs
  • Nine additional deaths; 1,911 total
  • 4,613 active cases; 128,261 recovered
  • Active alerts or outbreaks in 230 schools; 895 cases in these schools since Jan. 11
  • 33 new variant cases; 531 total

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Thursday

Hundreds watch bail review for GraceLife pastor jailed for COVID-19 violations; decision expected Friday morning

Followers of Pastor James Coates gather outside the Edmonton courthouse where he was scheduled for a hearing regarding his release conditions. Coates is in remand after failing to comply with public health regulations at his GraceLife Church near Spruce Grove.
Followers of Pastor James Coates gather outside the Edmonton courthouse where he was scheduled for a hearing regarding his release conditions. Coates is in remand after failing to comply with public health regulations at his GraceLife Church near Spruce Grove. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia

An Edmonton judge will rule Friday morning whether a pastor jailed after breaching COVID-19 health restrictions should remain behind bars pending trial.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Peter Michalyshyn heard arguments Thursday afternoon from lawyers for James Coates, the GraceLife Church pastor who has spent the past two weeks in the Edmonton Remand Centre.

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Thursday

Calgary libraries will reopen on March 10 after latest COVID closure; more city recreation to resume next week

Elise Ferraro and her daughter Claire wear masks as they browse for books in the Central Library on Monday, July 27, 2020.
Elise Ferraro and her daughter Claire wear masks as they browse for books in the Central Library on Monday, July 27, 2020. Gavin Young/Postmedia

Calgary libraries will reopen next Wednesday after the province announced a limited easing of public health restrictions this week.

Libraries can now welcome visitors through their doors, but can’t exceed a maximum 15 per cent capacity, excluding staff. Locations were ordered to close in December after a rapidly rising wave of COVID-19 prompted Alberta’s government to introduce lockdown-style restrictions.

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Thursday

‘A frightened workforce’: Union worries as Olymel reopens after COVID-19 shutdown

Google Streetview of the Olymel plant in Red Deer.
Google Streetview of the Olymel plant in Red Deer. Photo by Google

Some employees of a central Alberta pork plant that shut down due to COVID-19 are afraid to go back to work, their union president says.

Olymel’s facility in Red Deer was shuttered Feb. 15 because of an outbreak in which three people have died and 515 workers have been infected.

The company announced late Wednesday it had been given approval to gradually reopen by Alberta Health. Slaughter operations resumed Thursday and cutting-room operations were scheduled to start again Friday. The plant processes about 10,000 hogs a day.

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Thursday

Poll: Alberta pivots on vaccine rollout strategy

Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced yesterday that the province would allow up to four month between the first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses. Hinshaw said evidence from other jurisdictions have shown that one dose of vaccine can offer a “huge boost in immunity.”

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