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More COVID-19 vaccines needed before the province can release details about its next phase

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. The makers of COVID-19 vaccines are figuring out how to tweak their recipes against worrisome virus mutations — if and when the shots need an update. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Alberta has yet to release details about how it will handle the next two phases of its COVID-19 vaccination plan due to supply shortages.

“I frankly don’t understand the huge rush because we haven’t even really gotten into phase 1B yet. We don’t have enough vaccines,” Premier Jason Kenney said Wednesday.

“We are taking care of our part of the deal, which is to make sure that we can deliver as many jabs in as many arms as possible if and when we start to get some decent supply.”

Other provinces have already released their distribution strategy while Alberta hasn’t outlined its plan beyond phase one.

Kenney explained one of the reasons for this is because they wanted to see what other provinces were doing.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said during Wednesday’s COVID-19 update that more information will be released in the coming weeks which will include who will be next and where they can get their shot.

“Ultimately, the goal is to be able to offer a convenient way for Albertans to get vaccines, once shipped here, out the doors and into the arms of Albertans who want it as quickly as possible,” she said.

The Alberta government says it has the capacity to deliver about 50,000 doses per week.

Over 152,000 Albertans have received their first doses, while over 56,000 people have been fully immunized with their second shot.