More than 608,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and nearly 100,000 eligible Albertans have been fully immunized with both doses of the vaccine.
Beginning Tuesday, March 30 the province expanded eligibility to Albertans in Phase 2B of the vaccine rollout; this includes cancer patients, transplant recipients, and numerous conditions which put Albertans at an increased risk of severe outcomes from contracting COVID-19.
“With nearly one million Albertans in Phase 2B, this is the largest single group we have made eligible for vaccinations. With limited supply we will have to move slowly and take small steps until more doses arrive,” Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said during the Monday, March 29 COVID update.
Dr. Hinshaw also announced the Astra-Zenica vaccine has been temporarily paused for people under 55 years of age due to “rare instances of blood clots” which have been reported.
Locally, the number of active COVID-19 cases continues on a downward trend from a height of 75 active cases on Tuesday, March 16.
As of Monday, March 29 there are 50 active cases and 333 recovered cases for the Town of Drumheller, including 16 active and 161 recovered cases at the Drumheller Institution. There is one active case of COVID-19 in Wheatland County, seven in Starland County, and 12 in Kneehill County.