School support staff include bus drivers, guards, educational assistants and others. Premier Jason Kenney said the government estimates that more than 60 percent of teachers, educators and support staff have already been able to get vaccinated due to the age-based rollout.
Kenney made the announcement at a press conference.
The province reported 2,012 new cases on Monday and four more deaths. Across Alberta, 658 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, including 154 in intensive care beds.
Alberta has identified another 1,900 cases of variants. The variants now represent 64% of active cases.
The province reported 23,608 active cases on Monday, the highest total since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, provided an update on the pandemic on Monday.
The province has reported at least 1,500 new cases every day over the past week, with the number of active cases repeatedly reaching new highs.
Alberta has the highest rate of active cases in Canada, with 508 active cases per 100,000 people – double the highest rate of 252 in Ontario.
Last week, the Alberta government imposed new public health measures in hot spots across the province where there are more than 350 active cases per 100,000 population and at least 250 total active cases.
The changes include a ban on indoor fitness and sports and the closure of middle and high school classrooms.
The list of targeted communities includes Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Airdrie, Lethbridge and Strathcona County.