Unvaccinated Albertans are majority of COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths: Hinshaw

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CALGARY — Alberta's top doctor says the majority of the province's new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated or within two weeks of their first shot.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, who is Alberta's chief medical officer of health, says in a social media post that 96 per cent of Albertans who have tested positive for the virus since Jan. 1 hadn't had two doses of vaccine.

She says 91 per cent of COVID-19 deaths and 95 per cent of hospital and intensive care unit admissions followed the same trend in the past month.

Hinshaw says the two mRNA vaccines — Moderna and Pfizer — are performing slightly better than AstraZeneca in protecting against symptomatic infection, but all have been effective in combating severe outcomes.

With the Delta variant, which was first detected in India, she says one dose of vaccine is 57 per cent effective and two doses are 85 per cent effective.

Hinshaw says two doses of vaccine have also proven 91 per cent effective against the Alpha variant, first identified in the United Kingdom.

"This latest information is encouraging and underscores again the importance of getting fully vaccinated as soon as you can," Hinshaw said in the Twitter post.

Alberta Health's website shows more than 5,100,000 vaccine doses have been administered in Alberta as of Tuesday.

Nearly 75 per cent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose, while more than 60 per cent are fully vaccinated.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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