Alberta teachers, child-care workers and support staff will soon be allowed to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Premier Jason Kenney says, starting Tuesday, May 4th the vaccine rollout will be expanded to include the three groups.
All certificated teachers actively teaching in kindergarten through Grade 12 are eligible, including those public, separate, francophone, charter, private/independent/ECS operators, and First Nations schools, substitute teachers, administrators and other certified teachers working in separate roles.
This includes support workers, such as educational assistants, bus drivers, custodians and others who support schools.
Also starting May 4, certified early childhood educators and support staff provincewide can begin booking appointments. This includes all staff working in licensed child care programs, including day cares, out of school care programs, preschools and family day homes.
Alberta says bookings will operate on the honour system and no proof of employment will be required when eligible individuals attend their appointment.
All Albertans aged 50 and up as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit aged 35 and up are currently eligible to book appointments to receive an mRNA vaccine.
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.
— With Files From The Canadian Press