On Monday November 1st, Alberta passed another milestone with 80% of Albertans fully vaccinated in the fight against COVID-19.
Over the last month and a half, approximately 264,000 Albertans had gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 293,000 had received their second dose.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said that this threshold will help ease the pressure the healthcare system has been under for the last three months, "More and more Albertans are choosing to be protected against COVID-19 because of the undeniable fact that vaccines work and they save lives."
Jason Copping, Alberta's Minister of Health said that work still continues to get more shots in arms of albertans, "We are committed to ensuring as many Albertans as possible get vaccinated as soon as possible. That’s why clinics and pharmacies across the province continue to offer vaccinations with little to no wait. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to get vaccinated.
"If you have concerns, speak to a trusted health-care professional and get the information you need to make an informed decision," Copping added.
While 80 per cent of Albertans are now fully vaccinated, the province also reported that over 87% of Albertans have their first dose of the vaccine.
As of October 25, Albertans accessing a business, venue and service participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) will need to provide government-issued proof of having received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days earlier.
Albertans can book vaccine appointments by visiting alberta.ca/vaccine