By Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter/The Drumheller Mail
The national COVID-19 vaccine shortage continues, and the provincial rollout is at a standstill as remaining vaccine supplies are allocated to ensure a second dose is available to those Albertans who have already received their first dose.
Across the province, 106,254 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Saturday, January 30; more than 16,000 Albertans have been fully immunized with two doses.
An Alberta Health Services (AHS) spokesperson told the Mail, “As of (Monday, February 1), 12,474 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Central Zone. Of that, 2,413 people have received their first and second doses.”
Central Zone covers a total of 30 hospitals, including the Drumheller Health Centre, across central Alberta. Specific vaccine numbers for the Drumheller region were unavailable.
The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the Central Zone to Hanna Health Centre lab and x-ray technician Michelle Viste on December 23, 2020.