On Thursday, when the province expanded second-dose eligibility to anyone who received their first dose in April, 158,092 appointments were booked through AHS.
Most of those bookings — 154,604 of them — were for second doses.
These numbers only account for appointments booked through AHS and do not include bookings at participating pharmacies or doctors’ offices.
Continued uptake of first dose immunization is required for Alberta’s “Open For Summer” plan. The premier has said at least 70 per cent of eligible Albertans must get a first dose before Alberta can move into Stage 3, where most of the public health restrictions are lifted.
Over the last several days, the first-dose uptake has slowed. Currently, the percentage of eligible Albertans who’ve received a first dose sits at 67.8 per cent.
“First dose demand is slowing,” Premier Jason Kenney said Thursday. “The full opening of our province is in the hands of Albertans.”
“If you haven’t got your first dose yet, please do,” chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw added. “We need you to… Every dose matters.”
As of June 9, Alberta had administered 3,215,144 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 634,774 Albertans have been fully immunized with two doses.
Daily COVID-19 numbers
On Friday, Alberta Health confirmed 170 new cases of COVID-19 out of about 6,682 tests. Alberta’s positivity rate sat at about 2.8 per cent.
There were 296 people in hospital with the virus, 79 of whom were in ICU.
Three additional deaths were reported to Alberta Health in the last 24 hours. All three included comorbidities. A woman in her 60s from the Edmonton zone passed away, along with two men from the Calgary zone — one was in his 60s and one was in his 80s.
Stage 2 and beyond
Alberta officially entered Stage 2 of its “Open For Summer” plan on Thursday, allowing gyms and movie theatres to reopen and permitting indoor dining as well as on patios. Capacity limits for retail and worship gatherings were also eased.
In a message on Twitter Friday, AHS said it and the Red Cross would start decommissioning the Butterdome pandemic response unit on the university campus. The teardown will take two weeks.
It was set up in January 2021 to offer contingency bed capacity during the pandemic, if needed. It was never used, AHS said.
The equipment and furniture will be moved to the new pandemic response unit at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic.
There are no plans to use this site, AHS said, but it will be ready if needed, as of June 16.