Premier Jason Kenney is urging unvaccinated Albertans to book their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine after seeing a “diminishing demand” in appointments.

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Premier Jason Kenney is urging unvaccinated Albertans to book their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine after seeing a diminishing demand in appointments.
Kenney made the plea during an unrelated press conference Monday, noting there are only 100,000 bookings this week. The province needs 70 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older to have received their first dose in order to fully reopen with no restrictions.
In comparison, there were 117,541 first doses administered between June 1 and June 6.
If youve been holding back for one reason or another, now is the time over the next week to get the jab so that we can move forward more quickly with the full open for summer plan, Kenney said.
Tom McMillan, spokesman for Alberta Health, confirmed the total eligible population for vaccines is 3,806,860 and in order to reach the 70 per cent threshold for a full reopening, at least 2,664,802 Albertans need to have received one or more doses of vaccine.
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This means we are 126,536 first doses away from indoor dining and many other relaxed restrictions, McMillan said.
As of end-of-day Sunday, 3,084,119 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, or 68,986 doses per 100,000 people.
Of Albertans aged 12 and older, 66.7 per cent have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or 56.8 per cent of the total population.
More than 14 per cent of eligible Albertans, or 545,853 people, have been fully immunized with two doses, for 12.2 per cent of the total population.
Kenney also clarified that once Alberta reaches the 70 per cent threshold, the provinces plan is not just to be open for summer, but for good. He said while the virus will continue to circulate and the province anticipates a fall spike in COVID-19 cases, vaccines help defeat the virus.
The key thing is just growing that protection of our population through the vaccines. And we are very confident that by the time we get into the fall, by the time we get into late September, for example, that we will be approaching 80 per cent both first and second dose coverage in our population.
However, in a letter to Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Thursday, the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association asked both cities to require masks to be worn in indoor spaces until 70 per cent of the citys respective populations have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The association criticized the provinces reopening plan in the letter and noted fully easing restrictions will likely lead to super-spreader events and jeopardize reopening of schools and workplaces in the fall. The association asked for the mayors and their respective city councils to take similar action to that of earlier in the pandemic.
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Your actions then, particularly in August of last year to mandate masks in indoor spaces, made a difference in controlling the spread of the virus and preventing disease in Edmontonians and Calgarians.
Currently, Edmontons mask bylaw expires at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Alberta reported 127 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
Across the province, there are 4,707 active cases of COVID-19, a decrease of 177 from Sunday.
There are 351 people hospitalized in Alberta, a decrease of nine. Of those, 94 are in intensive care units, a decrease of two.
Two more deaths raised the provincial death toll to 2,248.