Alberta Announces Support for Companies Implementing COVID-19 Vaccine Passport
Companies and sites that implement the Restriction Waiver Program – described in other jurisdictions as a vaccination passport – require anyone entering to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test paid for by the private sector over the course of of the last 72 hours. If they introduce REP, companies can continue to operate as usual, with no reduction in hours or capacity limits. The mask is always mandatory (when you do not eat and drink).
Alberta announced it will implement a vaccine passport system on September 15 to help fight the fourth wave of the pandemic.
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Initially, Albertans only had to show proof of their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to gain access to locations implementing REP. However, that changes on Monday.
“Anyone accessing a business, location and department participating in the restriction waiver program will be required to provide government-issued proof of having received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days earlier,” said the province in a press release Friday.
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“Those who are not fully vaccinated can still choose to provide a negative COVID-19 test paid privately within the previous 72 hours or valid proof of medical exemption. “
Immunization records from First Nations, out-of-province and Canadian Armed Forces are accepted proof of vaccination, the province noted, as is the ArriveCan app and a valid international travel identity document.
Daily COVID-19 figures
Alberta Health said 656 new cases of COVID-19 had been identified in the past 24 hours out of 10,732 tests on Friday.
There were 889 Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 191 were being treated in intensive care units.
Twelve COVID-related deaths have been reported to Alberta Health in the past 24 hours.
As of Friday, there were 10,037 active cases in Alberta.
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The province cited evidence in Alberta that shows having two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine “provides 90 to 91 percent protection against COVID-19.”
“Getting the full vaccine helps protect you, your loved ones and the health care system,” the province said.
As of Friday, 6,424,188 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta.
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Eighty-six point four percent of eligible Albertans aged 12 and over received one dose of the vaccine and 78.3 percent received two doses.
The vast majority of Albertans in intensive care with COVID-19 are not vaccinated or are incompletely vaccinated. Dr Deena Hinshaw shared on Friday that 88% of people in intensive care with COVID-19 were unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated.
“Increasing vaccination rates combined with our public health measures are helping to reduce the number of new active cases and relieve pressure on our health system,” Health Minister Jason Copping said in a statement.
“Getting vaccinated is the best protection we have against COVID-19 and I thank all Albertans who made the decision to get vaccinated,” Hinshaw added. “With the Delta variant, the second dose is even more important, so by getting both doses you increase your protection and help make your community safer. “
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Beginning November 15, Albertans will be required to show their vaccination record with a QR code for proof of vaccination at all businesses participating in the REP. Their vaccination status will be confirmed via the AB COVID Records Verifier app. Proof of personal identity is still required, the province said.
Albertans can get their QR code online without creating an account.
Proof of vaccination printed with a QR code can be requested from a local registration office or by calling 811, toll-free.