Kenney, Shandro offer clarity on Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery

Kenney, Shandro offer clarity on Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery

Saskatchewan reported 65 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the province's total to 47,941 cases throughout the pandemic.

A $3-million COVID-19 vaccine lottery is a good investment to encourage vaccine-hesitant Albertans to get the shot and keep reopening plans on track, says Premier Jason Kenney. "At this point, all our strategies should be directed at the widespread distribution of available vaccines and to include the maximum number of people at least with a single dose", Dr Reddy added. Second doses have exceeded first doses for 12 straight days.

As of Monday, 596,413 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in New Brunswick.

In total, 2,163 people have recovered, and 45 people have died in the province from COVID-19.

The minister said all aged care facilities had now received a first dose visit and 94 per cent of facilities had received second dose visits.

The province announced Friday it had sped up the second dose schedule. Sixty-eight per cent of those 18+ have received their first dose, while sixty-six per cent of those 12+ have also received their first dose.

Canadian border could reopen to non-essential travel soon
Worldwide arrivals have been required to quarantine since COVID-19 was first declared a pandemic back in March 2020. Global travel restrictions have stifled tourism and prevented many people from seeing family overseas .

Some 52% of people in Britain who said they would not receive the jab when asked in November and December have now done so, researchers from King's College London and the University of Bristol have found.

"I mean people have to be comfortable with it or not and the only thing we can offer in terms of trying to address that particular issue and need is that in the RHA clinics there's a private space where you can get vaccinated without being exposed to all the other people there", she said.

Similarly, 84% of people who said they were "not very" or not at all likely' to accept the jab when asked a year ago have been vaccinated, indicating that hesitancy about the vaccine has widely subsided in the past six months.

There are now 270 people in hospital including 73 in intensive care units.

The rate of vaccination in the targeted groups has reached 83 per cent.

Among patients in the study who had no measurable antibodies after receiving two doses of vaccine, one-third of them saw a rise in antibodies after a third dose - and among those with low antibody levels after two doses, all of them saw an increase after a third dose.

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