VACCINE MANDATE FOR ALTA. PUBLIC SERVANTSThe premier also announced that the more than 25,000 Alberta public service employees will be required to show proof of vaccination, or regular negative test results.
Public servants will need their first dose by Oct. 31 and second dose by Nov. 30, with exemptions available for those with a medical condition.
Unvaccinated employees will need to provide a negative PCR or rapid test result every 72 hours at their own expense.
Kenney says while the rate of first dose vaccinations in the eligible population jumped from 78 per cent to nearly 84 per cent since Sept. 3, more must be done to encourage vaccination across the province.
Tim Grant, the head of the public service, said staff members refusing to comply with the vaccine mandate will not be fired but will be placed on unpaid leave.
School boards are also being asked to implement similar vaccine policies to help drive vaccination rates.
Premier Jason Kenney announced other provinces will assist Alberta’s overwhelmed health-care system.