Hinshaw to provide COVID-19 update as AstraZeneca vaccine booking opens to Albertans born in 1981 or earlier


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Alberta’s top doctor will provide an update on COVID-19 in the province Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s 3:30 p.m. press conference will be her first since Thursday.

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Tuesday marks the first day Albertans aged 40 to 55 are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. As of 8 a.m., people born in 1981 or earlier could book appointments online through Alberta Health Services, by calling HealthLink at 811, or by calling participating pharmacies. Walk-in vaccinations are available at the AHS clinics at Edmonton’s Expo Centre and at Calgary’s Telus Convention Centre, as well as at some pharmacies across the province.

In Alberta, there have been reports of low turnout for the AstraZeneca vaccine amid concerns that it is linked to blood clots. Hinshaw, as well as doctors across Canada, have said the risk of not getting the vaccine outweighs any potential health risk. One blood clot has been confirmed in the province out of about 100,000 vaccinations.

On Monday, the province reported 1,391 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths. The data shows 12,588 people were tested for the virus the day before, giving a positivity rate of approximately 11 per cent. Currently, 460 Albertans are in hospital with COVID-19 including 104 in the ICU.

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