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Alberta COVID-19 vaccine booking site experiences ‘very high volumes’ as appointments open to those 75 and older

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As anticipated, demand for COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Albertans 75 and older was extremely high when bookings opened Wednesday morning. Alberta Health Services opened its phone lines and online vaccination booking tool for community seniors born in 1946 or earlier at 8 a.m.  Within minutes, Albertans began reporting issues with the site crashing or not loading, and a busy signal when calling 811 to book appointments. Gary Mason, who lives in Okotoks, was born in 1946 and just met the threshold for this round of vaccine eligibility. He went online first thing Wednesday to try to book his appointment. […]

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Albertans 75 and older can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting 8 a.m. Wednesday

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UPDATE: Alberta COVID-19 vaccine booking site ‘experiencing very high volumes’ as appointments open to those 75 and older Albertans 75 and older will be able to start booking appointments for their COVID-19 vaccinations starting on Wednesday at 8 a.m., but there are questions and concerns about how this phase of the vaccine rollout will unfold. The first appointment for seniors will start at 11 a.m. the same day, according to Alberta Health Services. Appointment times will be offered between 8:20 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. seven days a week. AHS said it would extend hours in mid-March when there is […]

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‘It’s inconvenient and very expensive’: 5 Vancouver hotels approved for government quarantine

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New mandatory quarantine rules are now in effect for international travellers landing in Canada. Vancouver is one of four locations in Canada where travellers must fly into and quarantine in a government-designated hotel until they get a negative COVID-19 test result. That could take up to three days, and travellers will be on the hook for the cost of the hotel. Five hotels in Vancouver have been approved by the federal government: Fairmont Vancouver Airport The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Days Inn by Wyndham, Vancouver Airport Radisson Vancouver Airport Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel However, you […]

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Coronavirus: Manitoba expands ‘safe at home’ program, launches new ad campaign

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The Manitoba government is expanding a program designed to give those stuck at home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic something to do. Launched in December, the Safe at Home program provides funding to local groups to put together programming that people can watch or use online, including fitness classes, arts programming, mental health courses, and cooking programs. Read more: $3 million rapid-grant program aimed at Manitobans’ mental, physical health On Monday Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox said the province is adding $2 million to the program’s original $3-million budget. “This pandemic is far from over, which is […]

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Flying back to Canada? Here’s what you can expect at the new COVID-19 quarantine hotels

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The federal government has a message for Canadians: Now is not the time to travel. On Monday, Canada’s mandatory COVID-19 quarantine hotel stays will go into effect. The new rule is part of an effort to reduce non-essential travel and get ahead of the new virus variants — three of which have already been confirmed inside the country. Anyone flying into Canada will be forced to stay in an approved hotel either in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario or Quebec while they await negative test results. 2:31 Rules, loopholes, and true cost of Canada’s quarantine hotels Rules, loopholes, and true […]

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Nova Scotia continues ‘important’ COVID-19 mobile testing in Beaver Bank this weekend

A sign advertises COVID-19 testing at the Kinsac Community Centre in Beaver Bank, N.S., on Feb. 20, 2021.

Nova Scotia Health has a COVID-19 mobile testing unit up and running in the community of Beaver Bank this weekend. The site was set up in response to a newly identified COVID-19 case at Beaver Bank-Monarch Drive Elementary School. Read more: Nova Scotia reports 1 new COVID-19 case connected to elementary school in central zone Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, confirmed this week that the case has an unknown source which is a cause for concern for the province and why they’re encouraging everyone to get tested. “I want to remind people that even […]

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