Shandro: Alberta will not follow the lead on vaccination passports imposed by other provinces.

    In his social media post on Thursday, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced that Alberta would not be imposing a vaccination passport similar to what other provinces are recently mandating.

    Shandro stressed that the province would not require its residents to prove that they’ve already had their COVID-19 vaccinations to access private and public services. He added that “the Alberta government has not and will not mandate a so-called ‘vaccine passport’ for domestic use.”

    Notwithstanding its stance on the vaccination passport requirement, Albertans can still access their proof of vaccination records online through MyHealth Records if required for other purposes, such as traveling abroad.

    Besides detailing their COVID-19 vaccination, if they’ve already had a shot or two, residents of the province of Alberta can also browse for other immunizations they were given when accessing MyHealth Records. Depending on the individual browsing for information, they can take a screenshot of the vaccination record or print a copy.

    Shandro highlighted the fact that over 800,000 Albertans have already signed up for a MyHealth Records account. He also shared that more or less 2,000 individuals logged in on the website on Wednesday, who were either registering for an account or browsing their vaccination records.

    Not long ago, many Canadian provinces have mandated their residents to show proof of vaccination as a requirement to access public and private establishments and engage in non-essential activities like attending sporting events and going to nightclubs and casinos.

    The most recent of these is British Columbia’s directive to its residents last week to acquire a proof of immunization certificate, dubbed as the “BC vaccination card,” to be admitted in establishments and events like gyms, concerts, theaters, including indoor and patio dining, among others.

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