Canada’s Additional Measures to Address the COVID-19 Omicron Variant

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Yesterday (November 30, 2021), Government of Canada introduces additional measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern. the Government of Canada is expanding the list of countries with entry prohibitions originally announced on November 26, 2021, to include Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi. Effective tomorrow, foreign nationals who have been in any of these countries within the previous 14 days will not …

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 …

How to Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) during the Pandemic

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Newcomer Information

Newcomers continue to land in Canada and become Permanent Residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Service Canada Centre gradually opened up since Spring 2021 for in person services. As of Fall 2021, Newcomers can still get their Social Insurance Numbers in three different ways: Online: https://sin-nas.canada.ca/en/Sin/  By mail: prepare required documents, complete the application form and mail everything and mail it …

Traveling with Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination

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Canada’s COVID-19 proof of vaccination shows your vaccination history in a standard, easy to read, format that includes your province’s or territory’s logo, the Canada wordmark and a QR code. The proof of vaccination can be used for travel within Canada and around the world. Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and …

AB COVID Records Verifier App Now Available for Verifying Proof of Vaccination

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

At the beginning of October, a secure QR code was added to your COVID-19 vaccination record. On October 12, the Alberta government officially announced that businesses and organizations that are implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program can now download the AB Covid Records Verifier app to scan vaccination records. AB Covid Records Verifier is the only app approved to scan Alberta vaccine …

Public Reporting of COVID-19 Cases Resumes in Schools

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Effective October 6, public reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools will resume with Alberta Health identifying each school with at least two COVID-19 cases online. School outbreaks will be reported at 10 or more COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period that were infectious while at school. The Alberta Government is doing the following to keep students learning safely in person: …

QR Code Added to COVID-19 Vaccine Record

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A secure QR code has been added to your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you downloaded your vaccination record at the end of September, many businesses are still accepting the old version without QR codes and official documentation received at immunization appointments, but you will soon need to show the updated one with a QR code on it. Please download your …

Additional Doses Available for Travellers Vaccinated with AstraZeneca or Mixed Doses.

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Two valid doses of any vaccine used in Alberta can provide excellent protection against COVID-19. Some jurisdictions outside of Canada have indicated that they will not accept visitors who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca or mixed doses. So if you are an Albertan and planning to travel to such jurisdictions outside of Canada, you can now get additional doses for …