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Alberta expands access to fourth vaccine doses

Alberta is expanding eligibility for fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine and Paxlovid treatment to protect those most at risk from severe outcomes.  The number of COVID-19-positive patients in hospital remains stable and the total number of patients in hospital is normal for the time of year. However, the Omicron subvariant BA.2 now makes up about 80 per cent of new … Read more

Paxlovid to be available at more Alberta pharmacies

Starting April 1, more pharmacies can supply COVID-19 antiviral medication to eligible Albertans. Paxlovid is the first COVID-19 treatment approved by Health Canada that can be taken orally at home. About 375 Albertans have received prescriptions since Jan. 31, when the drug became available in Alberta. Due to limited supply, Paxlovid was initially available in Alberta at 135 pharmacies. As … Read more

Alberta to lift almost all remaining health restrictions

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline and pressure on the health-care system decreases, step two of the province’s path back to normal will begin on March 1. Since step one began on Feb. 8, COVID-19 positivity rates in the province have continued to decline. Hospitalizations in intensive and non-intensive care have also steadily declined and are at the lowest levels … Read more

Restriction Exemption Program ends; health restrictions to ease

By Rob Vogt Local Press WriterYou no longer have to produce proof of vaccination from the COVID-19 virus where it was required.That was the first measure in a plan announced by the provincial government on Feb. 8 to, as Premier Jason Kenney said, gradually lift the provincewide public health measures as the fifth wave of the COVID-19 virus subsides and … Read more

New resource helps manage symptoms at home

By Rob Vogt, Local Press WriterThere is a resource now available to help Albertans manage the symptoms of COVID-19 at home.Alberta Health Services announced on Jan. 6 it has launched a comprehensive web resource to help Albertans manage mild COVID-19 symptoms at home.The new web resource has information on what to do when you have symptoms of COVID-19, how to … Read more

App to scan COVID-19 vaccine QR codes now available

October 12, 2021 Businesses and organizations can begin using the free AB Covid Records Verifier app to quickly and easily confirm their patrons’ vaccination status. The AB Covid Records Verifier app is available for download on Apple and Android devices through the respective app stores.Albertans can get their enhanced vaccine record with a QR code online at alberta.ca/CovidRecords without creating an account. “The verification app will … Read more

New vaccine requirements and COVID-19 measures in Alberta

September 15, 2021 Media inquiriesAlberta has declared a state of public health emergency and will implement new health measures to expand capacity, increase vaccination rates and reduce transmission of COVID-19.New temporary health measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 will apply provincewide. This includes new restrictions on restaurants, indoor gatherings, weddings and funerals, retail, entertainment venues, and indoor sport and … Read more