Alberta opposition NDP calls on province to launch door-to-door campaign to tackle vaccine hesitancy and increase funding for community groups working to get more immunized people against COVID-19.
Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley also called on the province to study the issue of vaccine reluctance, “to identify and address the underlying causes, including financial and language barriers. “.
“Higher vaccination rates will reduce the pressure on our hospitals and help reduce or even prevent future waves of infection,” Notley said.
“I realize that there are Albertans who are fiercely opposed to vaccination, and it can be difficult to change your mind, but it is not impossible.
Alberta hit a new ICU admissions record for COVID-19 Monday at 265, the same day the province announced that 5,181 new cases had been added over the weekend.
This was the 11th time in September that a new record had been reached in terms of ICU admissions.
The NDP wants the province to enlist the help of health professionals and “trusted members of the community” for a door-to-door campaign.
Increasing grants to community groups will also help, they say.
“By tripling the current vaccine promotion budget to $ 45 million, the Government of Alberta could partner with trusted local organizations to fight misinformation and increase adoption,” reads a statement.
“This work will be difficult, it will be inefficient and it will cost money. But the price of not doing it, both in money and in human suffering, is much higher, ”Notley said.
The NDP points out that a targeted vaccination campaign in northeast Calgary last fall resulted in 93.4% of eligible people living in northeast Calgary to have at least one dose of the vaccine and 83 , 1% to be fully vaccinated.
In the Lower Northeast, 82.7% of eligible people received a dose after the campaign and 72.7% are fully vaccinated.
Marichu Antonio, former Calgary Citizen of the Year and former Managing Director of Action Dignity, was involved in this effort and also supported the vaccination campaign at the Cargill meat packing plant.
“It’s important that we bring immunization closer to people and communities,” said Antonio. “Working with community leaders, volunteers and organizations has proven to be effective in providing culturally accurate, relevant and accessible information, in connecting people with needed support, and in particular in encouraging people to get vaccinated and be protected – as well as protect others -om the pandemic. ”
Calgary-McCall Provincial Judge and MP Irfan Sabir said the success in Calgary can be attributed to efforts to provide vaccines to people at the Genesis Center as well as local gurdwaras and mosques.
“Bringing life-saving COVID-19 vaccines directly to people works, I am so proud to represent people who have rolled up their sleeves and doing their part to keep their fellow Albertans safe, protect our hospitals, protect jobs and protect the Alberta economy, ”he said.