Three-quarters of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and some are wondering whether to take an antibody test to verify they have protection.
Julia Wong is an investigative reporter and digital journalist at Global News Edmonton.
She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) and interned at NBC Nightly News.
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Leisure international travellers will be allowed in starting Sept. 7, if they have been vaccinated with one of the four vaccines approved by Health Canada.
Kerry Bowman, a professor of bioethics and global health at the University of Toronto, said variation of vaccination policies in different countries is ‘very, very problematic.’
As of Monday, 74.8 per cent of those eligible have received one dose of vaccine; 59.7 per cent of those eligible are fully vaccinated.
Right now, any Albertan with symptoms, who is a close contact or is connected to an outbreak can get tested for COVID-19 at assessment centres across the province.
On July 1, the province removed nearly all COVID-19 public health measures, though it kept mandatory masks in certain facilities and modes of transportation.
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The federal Liberals committed to bringing child-care fees to an average of $10 a day in regulated centres by 2025-26, at a cost of $30 billion over the next five years.
Work is underway on the much-anticipated South Edmonton Hospital, which has been years in the making, but the COVID-19 pandemic could affect the bottom line.
The pandemic reinforced how critical communication is during a public health crisis where a person’s actions can affect not only their health but the health of their loved ones.
The province has lifted nearly all COVID-19 public health measures, including the provincial mask mandate, though masks will still be required in certain settings.
Nearly all public health measures will be lifted across the province, including the provincial mask mandate, though masks will still be required in certain circumstances.
As of June 24, 59.2 per cent of Albertans 12 to 19 have been vaccinated with one dose; in comparison, 83.5 per cent of Albertans 60 to 74 had received one dose.
The program was created during the pandemic so Albertans could isolate safely; household spread had been identified by the province as one way the virus was spreading.
There are questions about what level of immunity immunocompromised Albertans have, even if they are fully vaccinated, and if, or when, they will need a booster shot.