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80% of eligible Albertans now fully vaccinated

More Albertans fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Thousands more Albertans have gotten the jab against COVID-19. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

More than 3.2 million Albertans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Since Sept. 15, about 264,000 additional Albertans have received a first dose of vaccine and 293,000 have received a second dose.

"It’s great news we’ve reached this milestone that will also help to ease the pressure on our health-care system in the future," said Jason Kenney, Premier

Health Minister Jason Copping added, “We are committed to ensuring as many Albertans as possible get vaccinated as soon as possible. That’s why clinics and pharmacies across the province continue to offer vaccinations with little to no wait."

As of Oct. 25, anyone accessing a business, venue and service participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) need to provide government-issued proof of having received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days earlier. The REP was implemented to provide Albertans a way to safely go about activities that would otherwise create a high risk of community spread for participants.

Those who are not fully vaccinated can still choose to provide a privately-paid negative COVID-19 test from within the previous 72 hours or valid proof of medical exemption. This does not apply to travel, where only proof of double vaccinations will be mandatory/enforced by the end of November.

Albertans can book vaccine appointments by visiting alberta.ca/vaccine.