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Second-dose vaccine appointments open for Albertans vaccinated in March or earlier

Last Updated Jun 1, 2021 at 5:22 pm MDT

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021 file photo a medical staff member prepares the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

EDMONTON — Second-dose vaccine appointments are now open for the 239,000 Albertans who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in March or earlier.

Premier Jason Kenney announced the timeline for Albertans to be able to get fully immunized, which includes allowing every Albertan to book in before the end of June.

WATCH: Kenney, Shandro join Dr. Deena Hinshaw to provide an update on COVID-19 in Alberta.

Those who received a first dose in April will be able to begin booking in for their second dose on June 14.

Anyone who booked in May will get their opportunity on June 28.

“Bookings for second doses will be sequenced in the order that first doses were administered to make sure that everyone receives them at less than the significantly maximum 16 week interval,” Kenney said.

The premier says as long as there are no more vaccine shipment delays, everyone should be able to have their second dose by the end of the summer.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 2.8 million vaccine doses had been administered in Alberta, with about 63.4 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Premier Kenney said Alberta continues to be a leader in second-dose vaccinations, with over 10 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated.

For the most vulnerable, three-quarters of those 75 and older have been fully vaccinated.

Kenney says Tuesday’s announcement doesn’t mean those who haven’t booked their first dose have lost their spot in line. But, he did urge those who haven’t yet to do so soon before things get too busy.