What You Need to Know about the 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

A single dose of COVID-19 vaccine offers at least 80% protection against severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death. However, second doses are needed to get the best and most long-lasting protection. You should get their second dose as soon as you become eligible. Received Your 1st Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in March? You Can Book for the 2nd Dose Now. …

Received Your 1st Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in March? You Can Book for the 2nd Dose Now!

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Starting June 1, 2021, Albertans who received their 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine in March are eligible to book their 2nd dose appointment. Your will need the date of your first immunization and type of vaccine you received to book your 2nd dose appointment. Expect an automatic phone call and/text message, if you are eligible for the 2nd dose and …

Alberta Enters Stage 1 of Open for Summer Plan on June 1

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

On June 1, Alberta begins Stage 1 of the Open for Summer Plan. The target for Stage 1 is: two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose, and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Changes in public health restrictions as we enter Stage 1 include: Places of worship – 15% of …

Alberta’s First Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic Coming to Calgary

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Alberta will launch its first drive-through vaccination clinic in early June, to help improve vaccine access for people in northeast Calgary. The new clinic is one of the initiatives to help increase vaccination rates in the northeast, along with targeted clinics for businesses with large workforces in the area, and temporary clinics run jointly with community primary care providers. Alberta …

COVID-19 Alberta Statistics – Interactive Data on COVID-19 Cases & Vaccine Coverage

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

You can now use the new interactive map to check out Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage? The following information is updated for local geographical areas: percentage of individuals with one dose percentage of fully immunized individuals total number of doses administered Here is a screenshot. Click on it and you will be directed to Alberta government’s website to view the interactive …

IRCC Approved My PR Application but I Haven’t Landed in Canada. What Should I Do Now?

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Newcomer Information

Today, let’s take a look at travel information in place for permanent residents who haven’t landed in Canada. To finish the application process, you have to land as a permanent resident. Landing refers to the final interview with an immigration officer at either a port of entry or a local IRCC office within Canada. During this interview, you officially become a …

Change in Quarantine Length for Those Vaccinated

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

As of May 20, 2021: More than 2.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Albertans. More than 51% of Albertans ages 12+ are now protected by at least 1 dose. Change in quarantine days for those who received COVID-19 vaccine: The 14-day quarantine is no longer required for people vaccinated with 2 doses if they are identified …

K-12 Students to Return to In-Person Learning

Lisa C. COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Alberta government has recently announced the following: Most K-12 students will return to in-person learning starting May 25. Students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, who will return May 31. Students and staff will continue to follow all health measures in schools even if they are fully or partially vaccinated, including: wearing masks, staying home when sick, and …

COVID-19 Mythbusters

Lisa C. COVID-19, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Misinformation is harmful during an ongoing pandemic. Get the facts straight! ❌ MYTH: Alcohol in hand sanitizers are harmful. ✔️ FACT: Alcohol-based sanitizers are safe for everyone to use. Alcohols in the sanitizers have not been shown to create any relevant health issues. Little alcohol is absorbed into the skin when you use alcohol-based sanitizers. ❌MYTH: Taking a hot bath …

Medical Exception Letter Required for Those Unable to Wear A Mask

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Daily Life

Effective May 13, 2021, to verify that someone has a medical condition that makes them unable to wear a mask, they will require a medical exception letter from a health professional. This approach is being used in Saskatchewan, Quebec & Manitoba. This change meant to ensure anyone capable of wearing a mask complies with this important public health measure intended …