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'Back to normal:' Alberta to lift all remaining COVID-19 public health restrictions

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says people who received their first dose in May are now eligible to book their second doses.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney listens as the 2021 budget is delivered in Edmonton on Feb. 25, 2021. Kenney has said Alberta needs 70 per cent of those eligible for vaccination to receive at least one dose in order to safely lift all the health restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON — Alberta will lift its remaining COVID-19 health restrictions on July 1, becoming the first province or territory in Canada to do so. 

Premier Jason Kenney says 70.2 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and over have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

He says that means it's safe to return to normal after the vaccines take full effect in two weeks.

Alberta has administered about 3.6 million vaccine doses and almost one-quarter of those eligible have had the required two shots.

Some doctors have said the province needs to get more second doses administered to be fully protected against the Delta variant.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says people who received their first dose in May are now eligible to book their second doses.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 18, 2021.

The Canadian Press