Alberta reports 202 variant cases among 692 COVID-19 infections

Alberta reports 202 variant cases among 692 COVID-19 infections”

Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Cabinet after its meeting, Union minster Prakash Javadekar said now even people without comorbidities who are more that 45 years of age can get vaccinated.

The government has announced that from April 1, all people above 45 years of age will be eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines and requested them to get registered for the inoculation.

The province has delivered some 512,00 doses of the vaccine and another 418,000 people have signed up to get the shot.

"Today after discussion and on the advice of the task force and scientists, it was decided that from April 1 the vaccine will open for everybody above 45 years of age".

On Wednesday, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said she has been concerned since the variants arrived in the province.

The union cabinet discussed the vaccination drive which has already achieved speedy and good progress, Javadekar said.

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Across Alberta, COVID-19 cases are rising and in the past 24 hours the province has reported another 692 new cases of COVID-19, with 12,800 tests run for a positivity rate of 5.3 per cent. He said, "The vaccine itself is an important safety net".

Follow Coronavirus Latest Updates here "We appeal that all above 45 should take the vaccine as early as possible that will provide them shield against coronavirus", he added.

Punjab has reported that 81 per cent of its new cases are those of the United Kingdom variant, an extremely virulent strain that is mostly affecting younger people.

The top doctor said that with increased spread of the variant, the province may have to consider introducing additional public health measures like other jurisdictions have in Europe to help protect hospitals and intensive care units from getting overwhelmed. "Masks have to be used, hands have to be washed but those who can take the vaccine should take".

He urged everyone to register their names and said that there is no need to worry about the availability of the vaccine in sufficient quantity. "Doctors will decide when it is best to take the second shot", the Union Minister said. So far, besides healthcare and frontline workers, only those above 60 and those over 45 with specific comorbid conditions were eligible for vaccine jabs.

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