Mandatory use of QR code one of many recent changes to Alberta’s Covid-19 policy

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Changes to immunization and travel regulations, implemented by both the provincial and the federal governments, may provide greater ease of mind for Alberta business owners and for Canadians looking to take a vacation.

Starting Nov. 15, non-electronic forms of vaccination proof, including cards and vaccine information printouts, will no longer be accepted as valid in Alberta.

Individuals visiting public places must present proof through a QR code on their phone, along with a piece of photo ID.

Kristin Dykstra, public health inspector for the south zone, brought recent updates to the attention of Pincher Creek town council during a committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 3.

Dykstra said those who don’t have access to a cellphone can receive a free print copy of the QR code at their local registry office or at a library that offers the service.

Children under 11 will not be required to present proof of vaccination, although Dykstra said it would become a requirement once the vaccine is approved for this age category, something that might not be far off.

On Oct. 29, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine for children aged five to 11, followed by approval from the U.S Centres for Disease Control on Nov. 2.

“What that kind of tells us is that it’s probably close to following in Canada,” said Dykstra.

At-home rapid test kits have been made available for students from kindergarten through Grade 6 who live in communities with outbreak status, added Dykstra, and a new order of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) single-dose vaccines will soon be available to the public.

Canadians 12 or older are now required to present proof of vaccination for all domestic or international flights departing from Canadian airports as well as for Via Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains.

The U.S opened its border Monday to travellers who have received vaccinations approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization, including AstraZeneca.

Gillian Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze

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