Alberta

Over 31,000 Alberta seniors get first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 291 new cases identified Monday

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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said more than 31,000 eligible Alberta seniors have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines, less than one week after Phase 1B of eligibility opened up. Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Monday that to date, more than 235,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and more than 88,000 Albertans have been fully immunized. Seniors 75 and older became eligible to receive the vaccine on Feb. 24. Since then, more than 123,000 seniors have made appointments to receive their first dose and more than 31,000 seniors had received their first dose by […]

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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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Alberta health-care workers in COVID-19, medical and surgical units now eligible for vaccine

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In a news release Friday afternoon, the Alberta government said vaccine appointments will be offered to health-care workers in medical, surgical and COVID-19 units, “starting immediately.” That group includes about 3,300 staff who work on COVID-19 units and 15,400 who work in medical and surgical units, the province said. These workers were initially included in Phase 1B of Alberta’s vaccine rollout, which wasn’t scheduled to take place until February. Read more: COVID-19: No clear answer on when Alberta’s public health restrictions will be lifted However, Alberta doctors have been pushing the government to give those who work in COVID-19 […]

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Alberta to do away with licence plate expiry stickers

Alberta to do away with licence plate expiry stickers

Beginning next year, Alberta drivers will no longer require expiry stickers on their licence plates. The change will be effective Jan. 1, as the province moves toward adopting reflective licence plates. Stickers marking the month and year of registration will no longer be issued in 2021, and the change includes stickers for fleet vehicles and permanent trailers. “Alberta’s government has been looking for ways to improve and modernize the delivery of registry services for Albertans,” Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish said in a media release Monday morning. “By moving to reflective licence plates, expiry stickers become redundant and outdated. […]

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Alberta jury trials to resume next month at offsite locations due to COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta jury trials to resume next month at offsite locations due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta says jury selection and jury trials will resume next month, but most won’t be in courtrooms. The court says on its website that proceedings will start Sept. 8, after they were postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most courtrooms and jury deliberation rooms, including the Edmonton Law Courts and the Calgary Courts Centre, are not designed to ensure adequate physical distancing for everyone. READ MORE: Alberta courthouses preparing for disruptions as COVID-19 spreads  [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] The court […]

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There’s a ‘special place in hell’ for scammers amid COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta premier says

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney did not mince words Monday afternoon when he came out with a warning to scammers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “To those who are trying to exploit seniors and others during this time of a public health emergency, there must be a special place in hell for people like that,” the premier said. “Just stop it. It is completely un-Canadian, it is un-Albertan, it is unacceptable, it is illegal and if we catch anybody who is engaged in these kinds of frauds or scams, I guarantee the book will be thrown at them and they will […]

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