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Alberta $100 incentive fails to move the vaccination needle over Labour Day long weekend

Written by on September 8, 2021

CALGARY —
The $100 vaccination incentive wasn’t a bomb but in addition wasn’t the blockbuster the Alberta authorities hoped it will be over the lengthy weekend.

Final Friday, the province announced that anyone getting a first dose would receive a $100 debit card. Tuesday, on the identical time it introduced nearly 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 and almost 100 new hospitalizations, the province additionally introduced a slight uptick in first doses.

CTV Information in contrast the numbers between Friday August 27 and Monday August 30, which revealed a four-day common of two, 543 first dose pictures and three, 935 second doses.

 

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Whereas the info did not have in mind the truth that it was the Labour Day lengthy weekend, it nonetheless seems to be to Alberta’s former chief medical officer of well being Dr. James Talbot that the inducement is not shifting the needle in a major means.

“At the start, it is a failure of unhealthy authorities insurance policies,” Talbot stated. “And the unvaccinated are sadly the victims of that unhealthy coverage, however on the identical time, we’ve to get again to a more healthy place, as I stated, of rewarding the individuals who have achieved the correct factor and discouraging the people who have achieved the factor that’s endangering the system.”

 

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Talbot believes a vaccine passport ought to be carried out in Alberta, pointing to jumps in immunizations in B.C., Ontario and Quebec, all of which adopted the vaccine passport.

He additionally identified that with giant employers just like the Metropolis of Calgary implementing a compulsory vaccine coverage, and with the $100 incentive set to run out Oct. 14, he expects to see an increase in Alberta’s immunization numbers as properly.

With information from Camilla di Giuseppe, CTV Information

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