Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update: Thank you to everyone who participated in last night’s telephone town hall on pediatric COVID vaccines. If you were unable to attend, a recording is available at alberta.ca/townhall. (1/11)
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In the last 24 hours, we ID’d 430 new cases of COVID-19 and completed about 10.8K tests. Our positivity rate is about 4.1%. There are active alerts or outbreaks in 147 schools. 8 of these have had 10 or more cases infectious in the school within the last 14 days. (2/11)

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There are 424 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, including 79 in ICU. Sadly, 7 new deaths have been reported to Alberta Health in the last 24 hours. I send my condolences to the people grieving the loss of those who have died from any cause. (3/11)
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We've ID'd 2 more Omicron variant cases in a recently returned traveller from South Africa & the Netherlands & a household contact. They are isolating & public health follow-up is underway. We’ll identify travel-related cases going forward to prevent transmission risk. (4/11)
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Today’s announcement on the expansion of our vaccination program is another important milestone in our pandemic response. We continue to monitor the latest evidence on vaccine effectiveness, viral spread & emerging variants of concern, including Omicron. (5/11)
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A month ago, when we announced booster doses for those with an increased risk of waning vaccine effectiveness and an increased risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19, there wasn’t evidence that conclusively supported the need for boosters in the general population. (6/11)
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Since then more evidence has become available indicating vaccine effectiveness against infection appears to wane over time. Protection against severe disease & hospitalization remains high. (7/11)
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While individual protection against severe outcomes remains strong after 2 doses for most people, there are still many in our communities who are completely unprotected. 3rd doses will help boost population protection & limit spread of COVID-19. (8/11)
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Whether you are eligible for a 1st, 2nd or booster dose, I urge you to get vaccinated as soon as you can to get protected against COVID-19, both for yourself and for those around you. (9/11)
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We’ve heard that some parents are withdrawing consent for all vaccines at schools as they’re worried their child may receive a COVID-19 vaccine without their knowledge. I want to be clear that no child will receive any vaccine in school without parent/guardian’s consent. (10/11)
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It is critical that children continue to receive their standard immunizations to help protect from diseases like measles, Hepatitis B, human papillomavirus, diphtheria, tetanus & pertussis. These diseases pose potential risk & we must do what we can to minimize them. (11/11)
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