Alberta’s vaccine passport starts Monday amid growing fourth wave

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Alberta’s COVID-19 Vaccine Passport System went into effect Monday.

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The “Restriction Waiver Program” allows businesses and places to operate without capacity limits and other public health measures if they require proof of vaccination or a negative test result from anyone who enters.

This applies to restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, music and fitness facilities, and is not mandatory.

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When it was announced by Premier Jason Kenney last week, it also applied to retail stores and libraries, but they were removed from the list of eligible businesses over the weekend.

Kenny had previously opposed a vaccine passport, which he said was a privacy concern, but said last week it has become a necessary measure to protect Alberta’s hospitals likely to be overwhelmed in a fourth wave of the pandemic. encounter.

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Starting Sunday, Albertans were able to download cards with the dates they received their vaccinations, and a health ministry spokesman says work is continuing on more secure QR codes available in the coming weeks.

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