Dr. Deena Hinshaw to provide COVID-19 update Wednesday afternoon

Editor’s note: This story originally stated Dr. Deena Hinshaw would detail Alberta’s plan for the AstraZeneca vaccine Wednesday afternoon. This was based on a comment Premier Jason Kenney made earlier Wednesday. However, the premier’s press secretary said the premier misspoke and that Hinshaw would be speaking about second doses of vaccines. This story has been updated to reflect the correct information.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is scheduled to provide an update on COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon, when Albertans are expected to learn more about the province’s plan for second doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to provide the update at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The news conference will be streamed live in this story post.

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On Tuesday, Alberta’s health minister said the province is considering delaying the timing of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines even more. The announcement came one day after B.C. announced it is extending the time between doses to 112 days.

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Currently, the second dose of vaccine is being delayed up to 42 days in Alberta — a decision that was made after issues with vaccine supply earlier this year. Vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna propose intervals of 21 and 28 days between doses, respectively.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Tuesday that the province is considering following in B.C.’s footsteps but that more details would be released at a later date.

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The press secretary for the Alberta premier said it’s expected Hinshaw will update Albertans on the province’s second-dose plan on Wednesday afternoon.

As of March 1, some 245,054 doses of vaccine had been administered in Alberta with 88,539 Albertans fully immunized with two doses.

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On Tuesday, Alberta recorded 257 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths from the disease.

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There were 261 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Tuesday, 54 of whom were being treated in intensive care.

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