Kenney, Hinshaw to provide update on Alberta's COVID-19 vaccine rollout


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Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will give an update on Alberta’s vaccine rollout Monday afternoon.

The two last appeared Thursday, when targeted restrictions were announced for hotspots.

The Alberta government suspended the spring sitting of the legislature for two weeks on Sunday amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. Alberta has the highest active case rate in Canada, with 518 per 100,000 people – more than double Ontario’s 252 per 100,000 people.

Alberta’s number of total active cases hit 22,504 Sunday – a new record – and on Saturday the province recorded 2,433 new infections, its highest daily case count since the pandemic began.

Daily cases dropped to 1,731 Sunday after 16,567 tests – 3,890 lower than the previous day. Three more people have died and 648 people are in hospital, including 155 in ICU.

Last week, Alberta expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those in Phase 2C who were previously not able to book as well as Albertans in Phase 2D. The full list of those who are eligible can be found here.

Kenney and Hinshaw will speak at 4 p.m.

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