“We are headed into an uncertain period,” Kenney told a news conference. “Between weather, seasonal patterns, more indoor activity and the potential for waning protection, we don’t want to let down our guard — let’s say, in November, if we get out of this fourth wave — only to potentially face a Christmas spike or a winter spike.”
Businesses may use a government app to read QR codes. CBC News | Last Updated: 6 hours ago | Posted: Oct 12, 2021 1:01 PM MT On Tuesday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and Health Minister Jason Copping provided an update on COVID-19 to Albertans. (The Canadian Press/Jason Franson; Government of Alberta) Premier Jason Kenney said Tuesday that Alberta’s vaccine passport will be in place at least until early next year, citing the need to be “on our watch” over the winter. He also announced that a long-awaited app to scan proof-of-vaccination QR codes is now available.
The AB COVID Records Verifier app is available for businesses and other organizations to download onto Apple and Android devices, Kenney said. The app scans the QR code on enhanced vaccine records, which Albertans can obtain at alberta.ca/CovidRecords by entering basic information including their provincial health-care number.
Kenney was joined by Health Minister Jason Copping, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, and Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services. Alberta reported 3,358 new cases of COVID-19 over the long weekend: 1,085 on Friday, 1,039 on Saturday, 628 on Sunday and 606 on Monday. There were also 33 deaths, including a 14-year-old boy with pre-existing conditions.
Premier Jason Kenney announced that after Nov. 15, the scannable QR code will become the only acceptable record of vaccination. Health minister Jason Copping encouraged everyone to get their QR code vaccination record. 1:47 When the app reads a valid QR code, a green checkmark verifies the person’s vaccination. It will also display a person’s name and date of birth, which organizations are asked to check against other identification.
As of Tuesday there were 1,053 COVID-19 patients in hospital, including 242 in ICU. There were 15,295 active cases of the disease in the province. Hinshaw said the falling active case numbers and a positivity rate below 10 per cent are encouraging, but said Alberta is not yet through the fourth wave and its effects on the province’s health-care system.
She said, while it was encouraging to see ICU admissions and COVID-19 hospitalizations appearing to plateau, Albertans cannot let up now. “Our numbers are still extremely high. We remain significantly higher than any other peaks during the course of the pandemic,” Hinshaw said. Alberta families were asked to be cautious in celebrating Thanksgiving and to abide by public health rules intended to ease the pressure on hospitals during the fourth wave.