Delta variant worries grow in Alberta as rollout of 2nd COVID doses accelerates
As Alberta speeds up rollout of second COVID-19 doses, concerns are mounting about a small but growing number of cases of the more infectious delta variant, and questions are emerging about the level of protection vaccines offer and which second dose is best for those who have a choice.
Calgary is the hot spot in the province with 189 of 222 confirmed B1.617 cases, the majority of which are delta (B1.617.2), the variant behind the latest wave of COVID-19 in the U.K.
And it's driving a COVID-19 outbreak at Foothills hospital, where 16 patients on two units — as well as six health-care workers — have tested positive for the delta variant.
Alberta's chief medical officer of health confirmed Thursday that 10 people (as of Tuesday) connected to one of the outbreak units had been fully immunized. Dr. Deena HInshaw said the province is monitoring these breakthrough infections.
"While we can see a few cases that have broken through the vaccine, the vast majority of people who are vaccinated will have protection. And that's part of the reason we are …
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