Businesses implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) will now only accept proof of vaccination records with a scannable QR code.
As of Monday, acceptable documents include:
- Alberta vaccine record with a QR code
- Canadian Armed Forces vaccine record
- First Nations immunization record
- Vaccine records issued by other provinces and territories
- ArriveCan app for international travellers and valid international travel identity document
- Negative privately paid COVID-19 test from within the previous 72 hours
- Valid proof of medical exemption
The province says that the new QR code vaccine record is more secure as well as it being easier for businesses to check via a free app.
Albertans can receive a copy of their vaccine record with a QR code at alberta.ca/CovidRecords, where they can use either screenshot of the QR code to display to REP businesses or print off the QR code.
Additionally, Albertans can also head to a registry agent to get a printed QR code vaccine record at no cost.
Businesses will also check the ID of patrons to match the name and date of birth of vaccine records of adults.
Help for business
Organizations can now also apply for a $2,000 grant for businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations implementing REP.
To be eligible, they must implement the REP consistently as part of daily operations, be a permanent establishment in Alberta, and employ fewer than 500 employees.
COVID stats update
As of the end of the day Nov. 15, there are 72 active COVID cases in the County of Grande Prairie and 125 cases in the City of Grande Prairie.
Vaccinations are still low compared to the provincial average of 87.9 per cent with their first dose and 82.3 per cent being fully vaccinated.
In west county, 54.9 per cent of those eligible have their first dose; 50.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.
In east county, 58.9 per cent have their first dose; 54.3 per cent have both vaccinations.
In the City of Grande Prairie, 60.7 per cent received their first dose and 55.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News