Alberta Doctors Call for Mandatory Vaccination of Health Care Workers; 629 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 – .

Alberta Doctors Call for Mandatory Vaccination of Health Care Workers; 629 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 – .

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is calling for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for all healthcare workers in the province.

Her appeal joins those of the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and other physician associations in Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

“As we look back on epidemics experienced in healthcare facilities and face the prospect of a fourth wave with more contagious variants, mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers is essential,” wrote on Tuesday. WADA President Paul Boucher. “It will help protect our patients, staff and colleagues. “

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In an email, a spokesperson for Health Minister Tyler Shandro told Global News the province has no plans to make vaccination mandatory.

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Instead, the province is urging all Albertans to get vaccinated and has made vaccines available at places like AHS clinics, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and mobile clinics.

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The call comes the same day Alberta announced it had identified 629 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

With 6,010 tests performed on Monday, Alberta’s positivity rate exceeded 10 percent.

There are now 7,931 active cases in the province: 2,468 in the Edmonton area and 2,422 in the Calgary area.

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Elsewhere in the province, there are 794 active cases in the Center zone, 989 in the South zone, 1,241 in the North zone and 17 active cases not affiliated with a specific zone.

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There are now 258 people hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 244 on Monday, and 57 of them are in intensive care.

Seven new deaths were also recorded, bringing the total number of Albertans who died from the coronavirus to 2,355.

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Alberta’s vaccination rate continues to lag behind most other provinces, with just 68.9% of eligible people being fully vaccinated with two doses. A single dose was administered to 77.4% of eligible Albertans.

Since the start of the pandemic, 245,598 people in the province have tested positive for COVID-19 and 235,312 have recovered.

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