COVID-19: Alberta announces 1,718 new cases and 10 more deaths

As of Thursday, 896 people are hospitalized in Alberta with the virus, including 222 in intensive care.

The province has conducted approximately 16,330 drug tests in the past 24 hours. The positivity rate for these tests is therefore 10.6%.

At a press conference Thursday, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta reminded that people vaccinated against the virus are not immune to contracting COVID-19, since vaccines are not 100% effective .

This is why private gatherings are limited even for people who have received two doses, she explains.

She adds that 22% of people hospitalized with the virus in Alberta are fully immunized.

Vaccination of young people

The President and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS), Dr. Verna Yiu, meanwhile pleaded with Albertans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

She indicates that appointments to be vaccinated have increased in recent days and adds that vaccination campaigns are underway in schools in Alberta.

According to her, the province has already visited more than 24 schools to allow young people aged 12 and over to protect themselves against COVID-19.

To date, 79.6% of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 71.5% have received two.

Vaccine proof

During a public question-and-answer session broadcast on Facebook On Thursday evening, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Albertans will be able to download and print proof of vaccination in card form as of Sunday.

The latter will be available on the Internet portal MyHealth Records.

Jason Kenney also added that a QR code will be available for download there from the beginning of October.

During his presentation, the Premier tried at length to convince Albertans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

He also said the province does not know how long vaccine evidence may be required by companies wishing to evade the province’s new health restrictions.

I have been too quick to be optimistic in the past. I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know how many people will get vaccinated, did he declare.