May 13th, 2021

Alberta expands COVID-19 vaccinations to teachers, child-care workers

By The Canadian Press on May 3, 2021.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi attends a senior's home in Calgary on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Nenshi says he's frustrated to hear that tickets given to people for breaching COVID-19 public health orders are being thrown out in the courts.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON – Alberta teachers, child-care workers and support staff will soon be allowed to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Premier Jason Kenney says, starting Tuesday, the vaccine rollout will be expanded to include the three groups.

Kenney had previously resisted calls from the Alberta Teachers’ Association to give front-line staffers the vaccine, saying the government will follow priorities tied to scientific evidence rather than “arbitrary pressure.”

In recent weeks, thousands of students in grades 7 to 12 in Calgary and Edmonton were sent home to learn online due to COVID-related school staffing pressures, including a lack of teachers.

About 1.6 million Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine, but the province is grappling with almost 23,000 active COVID-19 cases and has the highest daily infection rate in the country.

Kenney has also cancelled the spring sitting of the legislature for the next two weeks to keep politicians and staff safe.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2021.

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