Alberta nearing the end of supply for Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccines

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Alberta is running out of the Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine.  (Tobias Schwarz/Associated Press - image credit)
Alberta is running out of the Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine. (Tobias Schwarz/Associated Press - image credit)

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reporting they're nearing the maximum number of bookings it can handle for its current supply of the Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine. The province was initially given 58,500 doses of the vaccine.

Albertans born in 1957 through 1961, and First Nations, Métis and Inuit people born in 1972 through 1976 are eligible for Covishield/AstraZeneca.

Albertans can book online or by calling 811 until 4 p.m. Sunday. After that, the remaining appointments for that vaccine can only be booked through 811.

Alberta is supposed to get more supply of this vaccine "this spring," according to a news release, but it is not clear exactly when.

The AHS online booking tool for the Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine also had some issues Saturday morning. According to a tweet from the AHS account, they experienced a network issue, causing the launch to be delayed.

The phone lines were also experiencing problems. AHS tweeted again at around 9:30 Saturday morning to say the tool was back online.

COVID-19 by the numbers

Alberta reported 474 new cases over the last 24 hours. The positivity rate for the past week is sitting at 4.8 per cent, and five new deaths were also reported, according to Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Currently, there are 4,594 active cases in the province. Two hundred and fifty-four people are in hospital, with 35 in ICU.

For vaccine doses, 346,135 have been given out thus far.

The regional breakdown of active cases was:

  • Calgary zone: 1,695

  • Edmonton zone: 1,147

  • North zone: 791

  • Central zone: 451

  • South zone: 499

  • Unknown: 11