Third dose of vaccination available for some

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Though most of the province has moved on to the brink of a third dose, little more than half of the eligible population in the South Peace have received both doses.

The province reports Tuesday afternoon that vaccination rates on the west side of the County of Grande Prairie are sitting at 54.6 per cent (one dose) and 49.3 per cent for both.

On the east side of the county, 58.5 per cent have their first dose and 53.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, 60.3 per cent of eligible people have their first dose of vaccination in the City of Grande Prairie and 54.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Those rates are significantly lower than the provincial average: 87.6 per cent (one dose) and 81.4 per cent (two doses), reports the province as of Nov. 8.

In the county, there are 55 active cases of COVID and 116 cases in the city, according to the province as of end of day Monday.

As of Nov. 8, a third dose of the COVID vaccination will be available to Albertans aged 70 and older; frontline health care workers who received their first two doses less than eight weeks apart; and Albertans who received two doses of AstraZeneca or one dose of Janssen.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit people aged 18 and older will be eligible for the third dose at the same time.

“Anyone in the general population who receives a complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series can be confident that they have strong protection against severe illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19,” said the province in its news release.

To book your third dose, you can go to https://bookvaccine.alberta.ca/vaccine/s/ or call 811 to find participating pharmacies and physician offices.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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