Alberta ramps up COVID-19 vaccinations, paramedics on priority list for shots

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the province is ramping up and expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to include paramedics and other emergency service workers.

Kenney says almost 47,000 doses have been administered to front-line health and intensive care workers — including doctors and nurses — and to residents in long-term care homes and supportive living facilities.

He says the goal is to vaccinate about 200,000 Albertans a week by the end of March.

Alberta has used about three-quarters of the stock made available from the federal government and is urging Ottawa to find and ship more.

Kenney says, at the current rate, the province will run out of the current vaccination shipment some time next week.

Alberta’s COVID-19 case rates continue to fall, but hospitalizations remain high: There are 639 new cases but 811 people are in hospital and 1,307 have died.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 11, 2021.

TORONTO STAR