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More than 70 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and up have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, allowing the province to remove nearly all public health measures on July 1.
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Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday that 70.2 per cent of the eligible population has gotten their first jab. The province’s reopening plan allows for most major restrictions that have been in place for close to 16 months to be removed two weeks after reaching the 70 per cent threshold.
Kenney said entering Stage 3 of the plan will mean no more restrictions on weddings or funerals, no restrictions on sports, gyms or fitness and no bans on indoor or outdoor gatherings. There will be no restrictions on restaurants, retail spaces or places of worship, Kenney said. A press release issued by the province said some isolation requirements may remain in continuing care settings.
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Within minutes of Premier Jason Kenney’s announcement that Alberta will be opening up “for good” on Canada Day, hard-working small business owners and managers heard the news as if by osmosis and were delighted.
“I have a lot of catching up to do to recover from the lockdowns,” said Rolanda Anderson, the owner-operator of Salon True on 17th Avenue and 9th Street S.W.
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“We all do. Most small business owners have had a really, really hard time so knowing that starting on July 1 we aren’t going to face another shutdown is really a relief but I’m not sure I fully believe it yet,” she said as she coloured the hair of a long-time loyal customer.
Kenney says he pushed for faster reopening as Canada-U.S. travel restrictions extended to July 21
Video: Alberta to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on Canada Day (The Canadian Press)
Travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border will remain in place for at least another month.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the American and Canadian governments are extending restrictions on non-essential international travel until July 21.
The decision comes as a disappointment to Adam Legge, president of the Business Council of Alberta, and Premier Jason Kenney says he pushed for a faster reopening during a meeting of first ministers this week.
A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, June 17, 2021
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 17, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 490,061 new vaccinations administered for a total of 30,867,925 doses given. Nationwide, 6,004,387 people or 16 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 81,447.266 per 100,000. There were 607,230 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 33,870,614 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 91.13 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I.
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Canadians who have been dosed with an AstraZeneca shot may not be allowed into some events in the U.S. until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives the vaccine the green light.
Rocker Bruce Springsteen is reopening his live Broadway show in New York next week, but fans who want to attend need to show proof that they have been inoculated with vaccines approved by the FD, such as Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
Those who received AstraZeneca, yet to be approved for use in the U.S. would not be allowed into the event, setting what may be a disappointing precedent for Canadians looking to attend events in the U.S.
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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant jumped 66 per cent in Canada this week.
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says as of Friday more than 2,000 cases of the variant have now been confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory. Just three days ago, the Public Health Agency told The Canadian Press there were 1,187 confirmed cases.
The variant was first identified in India but has now become the dominant strain in the United Kingdom where it is spreading rapidly, mostly among unvaccinated people.
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise of a two-dose fall is looking a lot more like it will become a two-dose August.
Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12.
Previously Canada expected enough to fully vaccinate 75 per cent of all eligible people before August, but Moderna has now scheduled another 11 million doses to be delivered in late June and early July.
A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Monday, June 21, 2021
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 11:00 p.m. ET on Monday June 21, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 394,799 new vaccinations administered for a total of 32,566,031 doses given. Nationwide, 7,404,496 people or 20 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 85,927.842 per 100,000. There were 392,420 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 35,080,350 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 92.83 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided an update on his government’s response to the pandemic this morning. You can watch it here:
Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines now ‘preferred’ second dose for AstraZeneca recipients: advisory council
OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization said Thursday people who got the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose should get Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for their second shot.
On June 1, NACI had said AstraZeneca recipients “could” get Pfizer or Moderna for their second shot if they wanted, but Thursday went further to say an mRNA vaccine was the “preferred” choice.
“Since NACI first looked at mixed vaccine schedules, new evidence is starting to emerge suggesting immune responses are better when a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine is followed by an mRNA vaccine as a second dose,” said NACI vice-chair Dr. Shelley Deeks, in the new guidance documents.
A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 .
The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 516,201 new vaccinations administered for a total of 33,565,223 doses given. Nationwide, 8,273,857 people or 22 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 88,564.283 per 100,000. There were 632,380 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 37,666,330 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 89.11 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I.