COVID-19: Hinshaw set to provide update Wednesday afternoon

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As of 8 a.m., eligible Albertans – those born in 1957 as well as First Nations, Inuit and Metis people born in 1972 with no severe chronic health conditions – could start booking appointments to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided, from Edmonton on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, an update on the fight against COVID-19 in the province.Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided, from Edmonton on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, an update on the fight against COVID-19 in the province. Photo by Ian Kucerak /20092555A

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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to give an update on COVID-19 in the province Wednesday afternoon.

As of 8 a.m., eligible Albertans – those born in 1957 as well as First Nations, Inuit and Metis people born in 1972 with no severe chronic health conditions – could start booking appointments to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Alberta Health Services is recommending appointments be booked using the online tool if possible, as Health Link 811 is seeing high call volumes. Albertans may also have better luck booking during off-peak times – after 5 p.m. and before 7 a.m.

On Tuesday, the province reported 255 new cases including 28 of the highly-contagious variants, for 4,470 active cases in the province and 687 cases of the variant strains.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,926 Albertans have died.

Hinshaw will speak at 3:30 p.m.

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