Alberta reports 355 new COVID-19 cases, community physicians will soon provide vaccines

Mar 16 2021, 3:59 pm

Alberta health officials reported 355 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the province’s active case count to 4,776.

There are currently 260 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, 44 of whom are in intensive care.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw also reported three new deaths due to the virus, raising the death toll to 1,952.

There have been 62 new cases of variants of concern identified in the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial total to 1,047.

Hinshaw announced that, beginning Wednesday morning, COVID-19 vaccination appointment bookings through Alberta Health Services and participating pharmacies continue rollout to include three additional birth years.

Appointments will open to Albertans born in 1949, 1950, and 1951, and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit born in 1964, 1965, and 1966. Individuals born prior to those years are still eligible to book their vaccines as well.

The province also announced on Tuesday that community physicians will soon be able to administer vaccines in Alberta.

Alberta Health has been working with the Alberta Medical Association to bring community physicians into the vaccine distribution plan as supply increases.

There will be 185 clinics in Alberta that will create additional capacity for COVID-19 vaccine doses, with a combined number of 1,100 physicians. This allows for approximately 14,000 more doses to be distributed daily, supply permitting.

Community physicians are expected to start administering vaccines in their clinics in April.

Dr. Hinshaw will provide another update on Wednesday, March 17.

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