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Coronavirus vaccine, when one is approved, won’t be mandatory in Alberta

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If and when there is a vaccine for COVID-19 it won’t be mandatory in Alberta, at least not under Jason Kenney’s watch.

The Premier held a Facebook live event on Wedneday night (May 20) with a number of ministers as well as Alberta Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Kenney addressed rumours about mandatory vaccinations to protect against the virus.

“The truth is since 1910 the Public Health Act or its previous legislation has had the ability to require mandatory inoculation, however as far as we know it’s never been used and the government (UCP) has no intention of making that mandatory,” says the Premier.

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Kenney says once there is a vaccine approved, the UCP government will strongly recommended people get it. “We would, if there is a safe approved vaccine for an influenza pandemic of this nature, strongly encourage people to use it as we do in flu season.”

The Premier saying during that same Facebook live event that it’s “misinformation” the government has passed a law requiring eventual mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, calling that rumour “completely untrue”.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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