Alberta parents can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for their children from Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced.
Appointments with the first dose will go online at 8 a.m. after Pfizer’s shipment of more than 394,000 doses arrived in Alberta on Tuesday.
Parents and guardians can book the times here.
Doses will be administered at more than 120 Alberta Health Services vaccination clinics and four pharmacies throughout the province.
More than 390,000 Albertans aged five to 11 can be vaccinated as early as Friday.
“For every dose administered, we get one step closer to minimizing the threat from this virus and throwing our way out of the pandemic,” Kenney said.
“Immunization will help these young people return to being children and spend time around others at reduced risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 to someone they love,” said Health Minister Jason Copping.
The second dose will be administered more than eight weeks after the first dose, the province said.
Approximately 43,000 children have been registered for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“There will be enough doses for all parents who want one for their child,” Copping said. “It will be busy in the beginning, so it may take a little longer as with all stages of the vaccine rollout. We believe that up to half of the parents can look to book immediately and AHS should be able to to accommodate so many children within about the next two weeks. “
Children under the age of 12 will still be able to enter companies participating in Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program even if they have not been vaccinated.
COVID-19 DATA ON TUESDAY
A child under the age of two was one in 10 deaths associated with COVID-19 reported to the province within the last 24 hours, said Dr. Hinshaw.
“While I would note that this child had complex pre-existing medical conditions that played a significant role, this does not diminish the tragic loss of such a young person,” Hinshaw added.
Alberta now has 5,001 active COVID-19 cases, after it reported 253 new infections on Tuesday.
There are 475 people in the hospital with the disease, of which 94 are in intensive care.
Out of Albertans aged 12 and older, 88.4 percent have received one vaccine dose and 83.3 percent have multiple doses.