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No more AstraZeneca vaccines left in Calgary zone as bookings fill up: AHS

Last Updated Mar 19, 2021 at 10:53 am MDT

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 10, 2021 file photo, a health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 to a patient inside the convention center known as "La Nuvola", The Cloud, in Rome. Irish health officials have recommended the temporary suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of serious blood clotting after inoculations in Norway. Dr. Ronan Glynn, Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer, said Sunday, March 14 the recommendation was made after Norway’s medicines agency reported four cases of blood clotting in adults after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It looks like the supply of AstraZeneca vaccines for COVID-19 has run dry in the Calgary area.

In a tweet Friday morning, Alberta Health Services (AHS) said that only 500 doses of the shot are available in the province but none of those are in the Calgary Zone, as all booking for the area have been filled.

Albertans born between 1957 and 1961 and First Nations, Inuit and Métis born between 1972 and 1976 are able to book vaccine appointments only through HealthLink 811. However, with the shortage of vaccines, Calgarians who have already booked may have to travel to a different region to receive the shot.

The province is currently in Phase 2A of its vaccine rollout offering the shot to Albertans aged 65-74 as well as First Nations people born in 1971 or earlier.

In April, the Alberta government aims to start offering the vaccine to people with chronic health conditions born between 1957 and 2005. That includes people with certain lung, kidney, liver and heart diseases, people treated for cancer in the past year, those with severe mental illness and substance use disorders, and pregnant women.

After that, vaccines will be available to more health care workers and people with jobs in certain congregate living settings, such as jails and homeless shelters. Meat plant workers will also qualify in this phase.

 

-With files from The Canadian Press