Alberta reported 60 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the lowest number in more than 10 months.
The number of new cases per day is the lowest level since August 9 last year, when there were only 45 cases.
The Alberta Department of Health reported two other deaths. Two men-one in their 50s and the other in their 80s-died in the Calgary area on Sunday. As of Monday’s update, 2,292 people in Alberta have died of COVID-19.
The province reported that as of Sunday, Alberta had 2,003 active cases.
There were 2,833 tests performed in the past 24 hours, with a positive rate of 1.8%. Provincial laboratories also found 33 cases of coronavirus variants worthy of attention.
As of the end of Sunday, Alberta has received 3,804,700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Approximately 70.7% of eligible Albertans received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 29.2% received two doses of the vaccine.
Book a second dose, Xinshaw urges
Albertans are urged to book the first or second dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.
Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan said in an emailed statement on Monday that the province’s current inventory includes more than 453,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna, two approved mRNA vaccines.
Nearly 360,000 mRNA doses were booked in the next 7 days.
The province expects that the dose of Pfizer received in the next few weeks will be lower than expected. But McMillan said that the increase in Moderna shipments means that Alberta’s supply of mRNA vaccines in July will increase overall.
“In the next few weeks, we expect Pfizer’s dose to be 266,000 doses less than planned, but this is offset by the 434,000 doses of Moderna that increased shipments last week,” he said. “In general, we expect more mRNA doses, not less.”
All current reservations will be made as reservations. McMillan said that no one would change or receive a different vaccine without their knowledge.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Monday that the National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended that Pfizer and Moderna can use the second dose interchangeably, and Alberta is following this approach.
The chief health officer of the province said that Albertans seeking a second dose of vaccine should receive either vaccine at the first appointment.
Xinxiao said on Twitter: “They are not exactly the same, but they are very similar, and each can be taken in one dose.”
I want to remind all Albertans, whether it’s Pfizer or Moderna, you should make an appointment for the first or second dose of the first vaccination. (1/7)
“In fact, there is some evidence that this may actually enhance your immune response.”
You can book mRNA vaccines in pharmacies and clinics.
“The sooner you get two doses of vaccine, the safer you and the people around you will be,” Xinxiao said.
“Protect yourself and others as soon as possible.”
The following is a breakdown of the current active cases in the province:
- Calgary District: 954
- Edmonton District: 370
- Central area: 205
- North District: 397
- Unknown: 2
The reproduction value or R value from June 14 to 20 is 0.75, and the confidence interval is 0.70 to 0.80.
In Edmonton, the R value is 0.57 (0.48-0.68), while Calgary is 0.86 (0.78-0.94), and the rest of Alberta is 0.70 (0.62-0.78).
As of Sunday, 227,124 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.