Alberta is leaving out the COVID-19 vaccine, and Prime Minister Jason Kenny says it could settle its distribution early next week.
The province announced Monday that it would immediately expand the vaccination program to include all paramedics and emergency medical responders, but Kenny said the products were already dangerous.
If Kenny doesn’t get what’s called a “big surprise ship,” the province will soon be able to manage more quantities than it gets.
He expects the province to reduce the number to at least 20,000 by next week, and that number could be significantly higher based on the speed of vaccinations.
“I see it in our forecasts for the week of January 18th to the week of March 29th,” Kenny said Monday at a news conference. “Red indicates a supply deficit. So it is very significant.
“I want to be clear, this is not a revenge game, but we are saying that Alberta’s health care system is improving in a big way here. And we need more volume, downline. It’s very simple.”
200,000 dose per week
By the end of January, Kenny said Alberta would be able to manage 50,000 doses per week, with the “stretch target” at the end of March being 200,000 doses per week.
Kenny said the federal government has told Alberta that 677,000 doses of Pfizer-Bioendech and Modern vaccines may have been received by the end of March.
“But as I pointed out,” he said, “our ability [to administer vaccines] At that time, at the end of March, there will be more than the incoming delivery. “
With the expansion of vaccinations to include paramedics and emergency medical technicians, and the move last week to add staff to the COVID-19 units and medical surgical units, the province is on track to acquire immunity for its most vulnerable population.
All provinces must rely on the federal government to procure and distribute all vaccines quickly.
“It’s downhill,” he said. “Alberta’s ability to give people a jab will soon surpass the available vaccine supplies, and we are doing everything humanly possible to get these life-saving vaccines out as soon as they arrive.”
A total of 46,791 doses of the vaccine were administered in the province as of Sunday.
There were 639 new cases and 23 deaths in Alberta on Monday. There are 13,917 active cases in the province, 811 of whom are being treated in sick hospitals, of which 130 are in ICU beds.
R value from January 4 to January 10:
Alberta Statewide: 0.90 (confidence interval) 0.87 to 0.92.
Edmonton Zone: 0.80 (confidence interval) 0.76 to 0.82.
Coal Zone: 0.96 (confidence interval) 0.92 to 1.00.
The rest of Alberta: 0.97 (confidence interval) 0.93 to 1.01
The R value is the average number of people per person infected with the disease.
The death toll so far has reached 1,307.
Paramedics and EMTs are very important
Health Minister Tyler Shantro said paramedics and EMTs are at the forefront of the province’s war on the disease.
“They are an integral part of our COVID response, and I know that all paramedics work day and night to keep Alberton safe,” he said. “I’m proud of Alberta’s EMS and para-medicine system, and I’m so grateful for the work you and all the health workers have provided throughout the Alberts epidemic.”
Dr Deena Hinsha, the province’s chief medical officer, said the province was trying to determine when enough people would be vaccinated to eliminate all public health measures.
Vaccines not only protect people, but more research is needed to determine whether asymptomatic individuals prevent the spread of the corona virus, he said.
“We know from some studies that the virus spreads rapidly, and it is estimated that about 70 percent of the population must have immunity before the herd can be called immune,” he said.
“But what we don’t know is that some of the new varieties that have been discovered are contagious, even though they change the proportion of the population.
Hinsha said he expects the Alberta vaccine coverage to be in place by the end of March and the ability to move some activities outside, and the province will begin to relax some restrictions.
“But for now, we’ll keep each other as our vaccine, and it’s not going to change again, until we see that a large portion of the population can access the vaccine.”