Alberta nonetheless plans to supply additional vaccines to Banff and the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo (RMWB) regardless of a Well being Canada choice to carry off distributing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as a consequence of issues concerning the manufacturing course of.
On Wednesday, the provincial authorities introduced the 2 areas, which have excessive numbers of COVID-19, would obtain all of Alberta’s first cargo of the one-dose vaccine.
However late Friday, Well being Canada introduced the provinces wouldn’t be receiving their shipments in mild of high quality management issues at a plant in Baltimore, Md.
In a sequence of posts on Twitter, Well being Minister Tyler Shandro known as the delay disappointing and mentioned 34,700 doses have been anticipated as early as Monday.
“Regardless of this setback, we absolutely intend to maintain our dedication to the folks of Banff and RMWB,” He wrote.
“Alberta Well being officers are urgently trying into how we will ship doses from different sources.”
He mentioned different shipments coming to Alberta have already been put aside for different phases of the rollout.
Excessive case charges
On Sunday, RMWB declared a state of native emergency as a result of surging variety of instances within the space. Municipal, Métis and First Nations leaders known as on Premier Jason Kenney to decrease the vaccination eligibility age, and enact regional restrictions.
The RMWB has 1,316 lively instances, or a price of 1,576 per 100,000 residents, the worst within the province. Banff has a 143 instances which interprets right into a price of 1,063.1 instances per 100,000. For comparability, Edmonton’s lively case price is 406.2 per 100,000.
On Wednesday, the province dropped the vaccine eligibility age from 40 to 30 for Banff and Wooden Buffalo as a result of youthful inhabitants demographic. Kenney additionally introduced all of Alberta’s allotment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would go to these two areas for the primary two weeks.
Shandro mentioned on Friday that he hoped the Well being Canada pause can be transient. He mentioned Alberta Well being will replace the scenario as soon as the federal authorities gives extra info.