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Thirteen deaths were also reported, bringing the province’s death toll to 1,684.
“We can never forget that these numbers represent human lives lost,” Hinshaw said.
The number of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 continues to decline, which Hinshaw said benefits all Albertans. As of Thursday, there were 517 in hospital, including 93 in intensive-care units.
Hinshaw also joined Alberta Health Services in warning the public about a vaccine-related phone scam.
There are reports of callers telling Albertans over 75 years old that they can book their COVID-19 vaccination for a fee. AHS says it will never charge for COVID-19 immunization and are asking people to immediately hang up and report the call to their local police’s non-emergency line.
The scam has popped up as inoculations have slowed drastically while the province awaits more deliveries of doses. Seniors over the age of 75 who aren’t residents of long-term care and designated supportive-living facilities remain off the province’s eligibility list. However, they are expected to be added to the list as soon as the province receives enough vaccines to expand eligibility.
By the end of the day Wednesday, AHS had administered 112,388 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Included in that number are the 21,794 people who have gotten their first and second shots.
Out of the more than 112,000 inoculations given, there have been 53 adverse events, which is on par with this year’s pneumococcal vaccination program. Eleven of these events have been allergic reactions.