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Alberta drops healthcare worker vaccine mandates

Alberta health dropped their Covid-19 vaccine mandate that was medically segregating workers and preventing some from working.

Late Monday Alberta Health Services released a statement, starting July,18 2022 they have dropped the Covid-19 vaccine mandate for employees.

The decision also includes students and new employees, they will not need to get the jab for a job. In the statement they said they made the decision based on the the fact the current “vaccine” was made for the original strain and has evolved since then. They also say current evidence shows the Covid-19 “vaccine” has become less protective against symptomatic infection and transmission.

“AHS did not feel there was sufficient scientific evidence to demonstrate reduced transmission of the current dominant variants as a result of immunization required by the policy”

“We continue to recommend COVID-19 immunization, including all booster doses available, to all of our healthcare workers as part of our overall approach to protect patients and one another. The safety of our patients and healthcare workers is of the utmost importance to AHS,” said Mauro Chies, Interim President and CEO, AHS, in the release.

“The immunization policy was implemented to protect patients, healthcare workers and the public at a time during the pandemic when the immunization required by the policy was still effective in preventing transmission and when it was needed most to help contain the spread of COVID-19,” Chies added. “This was the right policy at the time, and was based on the best evidence available to protect our staff and patients.

“Policies and procedures have had to constantly evolve during the pandemic to reflect significant changes in the virus itself and the ever-changing evidence base as we continue to protect our people and patients.”

NDP FREAKS OUT

David Shepherd, the health critic for the opposition NDP, characterized the decision claiming it was political choice made by the UCP rather than a rational one by AHS medical staff.

“Anyone who is being cared for in a health facility should have the assurance that staff are vaccinated against COVID-19, among many other diseases. It is absurd that protection against COVID-19 is being removed from the list of required vaccinations for new AHS staff. This virus has killed more than 4,600 Albertans, and patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities are most at risk,” Shepherd said in a statement.

“It is truly shameful that Minister Copping is validating the false and dangerous anti-vaccine statements made by UCP leadership candidates.” Shepherd said with no facts or evidence to back up his opinion to debate the decision Alberta Health Services made.

However the NDP pumping out fearmonger isn’t new. In BC ER’s are closing down all over the province because of staffing shortages, the BC NDP is still refusing to acknowledge the up to date evidence that no longer supports vaccine mandates for anyone. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix continue to enforce illogical vaccine mandates for BC Public service workers and healthcare workers to so called “stop” or “reduce” the spread and have fired thousands of healthcare workers.

“The province needs to act, too,” BC Liberal Party Leader Falcon told reporters in June. “British Columbia is out of step with the rest of the country in this regard. We’ve got a situation now that just warrants the immediate lifting of the vaccine mandate.”

According to the Vancouver Sun “approximately 190,000 health care workers in hospitals, long-term care homes and community health centres in B.C. must be vaccinated for COVID-19 under a provincial public health order. The B.C. Public Service Agency also requires its 30,000 employees to be fully vaccinated.”

“We’ve got 2,500 health care workers sidelined at a time when the health care system is, to use the premier’s own words, crumbling and teetering,” he said.

Nearly 2,500 hospital employees had been sacked as of March for not being so-called fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Almost half of them worked for the Department of Health in the Northern Interior.

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