City of Edmonton adopts the province's vaccine passport program

Sep 17 2021, 4:34 pm

If you are heading to a city facility on Monday, better find those vaccination papers. The City of Edmonton has announced it will adhere to the province’s vaccine passport program.

It will come into effect on Monday, September 20, and will require anyone attending a city facility to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to entering the facility.

The city says from September 20 to October 25, proof of a single dose is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than two weeks before the time of entry.

Tests must be privately paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid tests completed within 72 hours before accessing a program or service.

Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.

The city is advising people to show up a little earlier than usual during the initial rollout of the program as employees will review patrons’ vaccination status or negative test.

“When we looked at all of our options, this allowed us to continue to provide the highest quality of service to the largest number of Edmontonians,” said City Manager Andre Corbould in a press release.
“We realize there are details that still need to be worked out, but we’re confident that this program will be another layer in our approach to helping keep Edmontonians safe from COVID-19.”

The Restrictions Exemption Program was announced on Wednesday night, outlining a string of restrictions that businesses will be exempt from if they opt to make customers show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior.

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