‘100%’ of New COVID-19 Intensive Care Admissions in Alberta Have No Vaccine Protection: Hinshaw – .

‘100%’ of New COVID-19 Intensive Care Admissions in Alberta Have No Vaccine Protection: Hinshaw – .

According to Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, all of Alberta’s recent COVID-19 intensive care admissions and the majority of deaths reported in the province this week had no vaccine protection.

“100% of new ICU admissions were to Albertans who had no vaccine protection,” she said in Thursday’s COVID-19 update.

Alberta reported 1,660 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 20,180. Laboratories performed nearly 18,000 tests, bringing the province’s positivity rate to 9.4%.

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Authorities said 1,058 people were hospitalized on Thursday, including 226 being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units. 17 additional deaths linked to the virus have also been reported.

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“Albertans who have not been vaccinated are about 15 times more likely than those with vaccine protection to end up in hospital against COVID-19,” Hinshaw said.

“They are about 40 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care. About 77 percent of Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19 are not fully immunized and 92 percent of those currently in intensive care have not received both vaccines. “

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Hinshaw has dismissed misinformation online about the effectiveness of vaccines against the latest dominant strain of the virus.

“We have heard persistent questions and rumors on social media that vaccines do not work against the Delta variant, but this is categorically not true.

“In Alberta, COVID vaccines have been shown to be 85% effective against delta variant infection with two doses,” she said.

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On Thursday morning, Federal Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair tweeted a response to the Alberta government’s request for help on Tuesday, if needed.

“To the people of Alberta, I recognize the significant and immediate challenges Albertans face today and know the importance of ensuring support for your health care system,” he wrote in a response letter. official.

“As such, I am pleased to officially confirm that the Government of Canada will support the recent request from the provincial government and provide the necessary support to Albertans during this difficult time.

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Does Having COVID-19 Make You Immune?

Hinshaw also responded to the question of whether having previously contracted and recovered from COVID-19 negates the need to be vaccinated.

“Right now, everyone needs proof of vaccine or a recent negative result on a privately purchased test or medical exemption to enter Restriction Waiver Program companies.” , Hinshaw said.

“The bottom line is that my advice for those who have had COVID-19 remains the same: It is always best that everyone is fully vaccinated with two doses to get the greatest possible protection against infection. “

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She said there is always a risk that anyone, whether they have recovered from COVID-19 or been partially or fully immunized, could be re-infected with COVID-19, and continue to transmit the virus to others. who are vulnerable to infection.

Changes to the Alberta Quarantine Checklist

Hinshaw explained that the province has changed the daily checklist for people with symptoms of COVID-19 and now recommends when a person tests positive for the virus, any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated person in the household should go. quarantined for 14 days. While not legally required at this time, she said officials “strongly recommend” that Albertans do so.

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“This is because living in the same house as a person with COVID puts you at the highest risk of getting infected and spreading the virus further to others,” Hinshaw said.

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Hinshaw said she recognizes the change will have a significant impact on family members at school or daycare, and while it can be inconvenient, it’s a change officials believe will slow the spread of the disease. virus.

The new checklist item only applies to family contacts, not to workplace or classroom contacts.

The Leader of the Alberta Opposition has said it is time for Premier Jason Kenney to turn public health decisions related to the COVID-19 crisis over to medical professionals.

Rachel Notley says it has become clear that Kenney is more focused on his political survival than the pandemic that has gripped hospitals.

The leader of the NDP says good public health decisions are undermined by political compromises.

She urges that public health decisions be left to Dr Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, supported by a group of independent scientific advisers.

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Kenney faces criticism from some of his members of the legislature for his handling of the pandemic.

Some United Conservative riding associations are pushing for an immediate review of his leadership.

Kenney met with his caucus this week and asked to postpone a review until next spring instead of late 2022.

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