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Second shipment of COVID vaccine arrives in Alberta

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Alberta has received a second shipment of Pfizer vaccine that will be offered to health-care workers and long-term care workers across the province.

A total of 25,350 vaccine doses have arrived in the province and will be delivered to vaccine sites around Alberta.

“This is just the beginning of immunization in our province – but we’re off to a strong start,” said Premier Jason Kenney Tuesday. “We have been ready to receive and administer vaccine since day one – and we will be ready to safely and quickly distribute all future doses into the arms of Albertans.”

Calgary and Edmonton will each receive 6,825 vaccine doses and Red Deer will receive 1,950.

The remaining 9,750 Pfizer vaccine doses will be distributed to vaccine sites in Brooks, Camrose, Drumheller, Edson, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Pincher Creek and St. Paul. Each of these 10 communities will receive 975 doses.

“As more vaccines arrive in our province in the coming weeks and months, 2021 promises to be a year filled with hope and relief for Albertans who wish to be immunized against COVID-19,” said Tyler Shandro, Alberta Minister of Health.

“Until we receive enough doses, remember to follow the health measures in place to protect you, your community and our health-care system.

Alberta received its first Pfizer vaccine shipment of 3,900 doses on Dec. 14. Since then, 3,074 health-care workers have received their first shots. The first phase of vaccine rollout focuses on respiratory therapists, intensive care physicians and staff, and long-term care and designated supportive living facility workers across Alberta.

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