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Alberta seniors will bear the brunt following another round of cuts to vaccine shipments from the federal government, an angry provincial Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Thursday.

Saying the Trudeau government “continues to fail us and to fail all Albertans,” Shandro said a reduction of 63,000 doses for the first quarter of this year announced by Ottawa Thursday adds to the uncertainty in completing the first phase of the province’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

“This is a grim situation that seems to be getting worse with every passing week … enough is enough,” he said, adding it’s the third announced scale-back in deliveries in the past month.

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Vaccine is long way off for people with developmental disabilities, at high risk for COVID-19

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images

For Robin Acton’s 32-year-old daughter, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant staying home instead of seeing friends, shopping at stores or going to work.

The fear of potentially being exposed to somebody infected by the virus is too grave and has led to added pressures on her mental health.

Most Albertans have endured similar challenges for the better part of the last 11 months, but they’re ever more critical for Acton’s daughter, who lives with Down syndrome.

Research has shown that those with Down syndrome are four times more likely to contract COVID-19 and 10 times more likely to die from it than the general population. But as the province seeks to ensure its most vulnerable citizens are vaccinated against COVID-19 the soonest, it’s unclear when those with developmental disabilities and their support workers receive their shots.

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