Alberta Ends Vaccine Passport, Ontario Reassesses Obligations


Alberta announced a date to terminate the COVID-19 vaccine passport early next week, stating that Ontario will reassess its vaccine obligations “in the coming weeks and months.”

Speak inside Facebook live Q & A on February 3 Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenny said the government will announce a “confirmed” date to terminate the state’s vaccine passport next week, with the actual cancellation date coming soon.

“As COVID changes, so does our reaction to it,” Kenny told Albertin.

“Therefore, early next week Alberta will announce a definite date to end the REP. [Restrictions Exemption Program] And to do so in the very near future. ”

Introduced in September last year REP A version of the Alberta Vaccine Passport requires that anyone using non-essential services such as bars and restaurants be presented with proof of vaccination.

Kenny said next week the state will also announce a phased plan to lift almost all COVID-19 restrictions by the end of the month, provided that pressure on hospitals continues to decline.

He speculates that the high vaccination rates in Alberta combined with the stabilization of hospital patient numbers provide a reason to continue the “not so strong today” REP as it was when it was first introduced last September. Did.

“About 40% of COVID patients in our hospital aren’t really there because of COVID. That’s also an important situation because they have accidental infections,” said the Prime Minister. rice field.

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Dr. Kieran Moore, Director of Health in Ontario, will make a presentation in Toronto on January 12, 2022. (Canada Press / Nathan Dennett)

Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Ontario, said Press conference On February 3, the current COVID-19 vaccine “does not provide sterile immunity” against delta variants.

Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine do not seem to significantly limit Omicron’s infection, but three doses reduce the risk of infection by about 60%, he said.

Prime Minister Dougford said he is not currently considering renewing the Ontario vaccine certificate to require three doses.

Moore says that in the near future Ontario needs to reassess the value of vaccine certificates that require residents to present two-shot evidence in order to access venues such as restaurants, gyms and cinemas. I said there is.

“I think these discussions will take place in the coming weeks and months,” he said.

“We need to reassess some of the public health measures we have taken. Given the diminishing benefits to infection, we need to reassess whether we maintain proof of the vaccination certification process. To do.”

Canadian Press contributed to this report

Isaac Theo

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Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.