Alberta Kindergarten to Grade 12 Winter Break Extended to January 10, 2022

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The extended break will give school authorities time to gather additional data to assess staffing implications and the potential operational impacts of the current COVID-19 situation. To assist with the safe return to classes, Alberta Health and Municipal Affairs’ PPE Task Force will also deliver the following to schools, starting the week of January 10: 8.6 million rapid tests 16.5 …

Alberta Announces New Business Restrictions Starting December 24, 2021

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New limits on large venues and restaurants come into effect on December 24 at 12:01am. Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities (Effective Dec 24, 2021 at 12:01am) Indoor facilities that participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program: Must limit capacity to 50% if venue seats more than 1,000 people, and 500 people if venue seats between 500 and 1,000 people. No …

Albertans 50 to 59 and All Health-care Workers Can Now Book A Booster Dose

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Alberta is expanding the availability of booster doses to protect Albertans and the health-care system against the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Starting December 15, 2021, the following can now book a third dose as long as it’s been at least 6 months since their second dose. Albertans 50 to 59 All health-care workers Keep in mind …

AHS Reintroduced Close Contact Tracing of Omicron Cases

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Alberta Health Services is re-introducing contact tracing for close contacts of those potentially exposed to the Omicron variant to recommend they get a COVID-19 test and to provide further instructions. The Omicron variant is now in Alberta. AHS has announced that contact tracing will take place for all close contacts of cases that are positive with the Omicron variant , …

Alberta Lowers Child Care Fees for Working Families after Signing Agreement with the Federal Government

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The Alberta government is lowering child care fees for working families, following the signing of our historic agreement with the federal government. Parents with kids not yet in kindergarten will see fees for spaces in licensed daycares, preschools and family day homes reduced by half, on average, by early 2022. Families most in need will receive additional subsidies. By 2026, …

Need an Accessible Taxi ? Contact WAV Calgary!

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Do you or someone around you need an accessible taxi? The City of Calgary has a centralized taxi dispatch service that you can contact to easily and efficiently get the first available accessible taxi! What is WAV? WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle) is a centralized Call Centre that will assist you in securing a wheelchair accessible taxi. WAV Calgary vehicles are …

Omicron Arrived in Alberta. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Panic over the New Variant!

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“I’m reporting we have now one confirmed case of the omicron variant in Alberta.” Dr. Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health On November 30, Alberta’s first case of the omicron variant was confirmed. According to Dr. Hindshaw, the individual tested positive while asymptomatic. What is the Omicron variant? Omicron was first discovered in southern Africa . In late November, the World …

5K Doses of Janssen Vaccine Arrive in Alberta

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The Janssen vaccine is currently a single-dose viral vector vaccine that works similarly to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Alberta has received 5,000 doses of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, giving Albertans 18+ another COVID-19 vaccine option. Due to limited supply, doses will be administered at AHS clinics in select locations – to book, call Health Link 811. Who should get it …

COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings Begin for 5 – 11 Year Olds

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More than 394,000 pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Alberta. On November 24, the Alberta government starts accepting vaccine bookings for children aged five to eleven. Pediatric vaccinations will be administered at Alberta Health Services clinics around the province. Vaccines will also be available at four pharmacies where AHS clinics are not conveniently located. First-dose appointments …