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Province releases new vaccination verification app

·2 min read

With 531 new COVID cases Tuesday, the province is implementing new rules to protect residents and staff at continuing care facilities on Oct. 25.

Provincial chief medical officer of health Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday that visitors in continuing care facilities will be required to wear masks in all areas .

“The only exception will be where there are significant communication challenges, such as a resident being hard of hearing, or an individual with dementia,” said Hinshaw.

She also announced new quarantine rules for residents being admitted to a facility from acute care or returning from a hospital if they stayed for more than 24 hours. It will last until a negative COVID test is received.

There are currently 11,402 active cases in the province, with 964 people in hospital including 218 in intensive care.

In the County of Grande Prairie there currently are 110 cases of COVID and 244 in the city.

In west county, 53.1 per cent of those eligible have been vaccinated with their first dose, while 46 per cent are fully vaccinated*.

In east county, 57 per cent of those eligible have been vaccinated with their first dose, and 49.2 per cent are fully vaccinated*.

The City of Grande Prairie has 58.6 per cent vaccinated (first dose) and 50.4 per cent fully vaccinated*.

Meanwhile, the province has rolled out another method for Albertan businesses to check proof of vaccination. The phone app will read the QR code of a vaccinated individual.

Albertans wishing to get their vaccine record with a QR code can head to alberta.ca/CovidRecords to get their code without needing an account.

Anyone wanting a copy will need their personal health number, date of birth, and month and year of vaccination, the province said that this service will also be available at registries as well.

The new app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

The request came after businesses asked for a more safe and secure app to check for proof of vaccination.

“Our new proof of vaccine record and verifier app is more secure and easier to use for Albertans and businesses taking part in our Restrictions Exemption Program,” said Jason Copping, Alberta health minister.

A criticism from many was the simplicity of being able to modify the former proof vaccination PDF document that was available.

The province says that the QR code contains a secure digital signature that verifies it’s provided by Alberta Health, and is extremely hard to forge.

*As of Oct. 18

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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