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Expect Alberta’s vaccine passport requirement to last until at least next spring

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EDMONTON, AB – Albertans are being urged to be vigilant when it comes to COVID-19 as we head into the winter months.

Premier Jason Kenney, during another Facebook live event Wednesday night said it appears the restrictions in place now have been working to bring case numbers down.

Kenney though says we need to be careful over the next few months.

“It is clear with the measures we took about two-and-a-half or three-and-a-half weeks ago now, have had an impact. So we are going to watch this, monitor this closely,” says Kenney. “I’ll say this. The restriction exemption program (otherwise referred to as the vaccine passport) will likely be in place, at least through the first quarter of next year.”

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Why you might ask? Well, Kenney says because we are headed into colder weather when people are indoors more, which leads to the risk of higher transmission. He notes at some point this coming winter we’re likely going to experience the waning effect of both natural immunity acquired by those who got infected with COVID-19 as well as the waning effect of initial vaccinations.

The Premier continues to push vaccinations however, saying they are “massively effective”.

Kenney says if more people get the shot he feels we can not only get this fourth wave under control, but also protect ourselves from future waves.

The Premier also told the Facebook live crowd that it’s still too early to say that we are definitively passed the fourth wave, although case numbers are looking more promising. He notes the pressures on Alberta hospitals are still at historic highs.

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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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