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COVID vaccines will not be mandated for Alberta grade school students

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EDMONTON, AB – Alberta won’t be mandating COVID-19 vaccines for kindergarten to grade 12 students any time soon.

Premier Jason Kenney was asked about vaccinations during an unrelated press conference Thursday morning. Kenney stresses that if a parent decides not to vaccinate their kids, that decision shouldn’t be held against those children or their learning.

“Alberta has never had a vaccines requirement for kids to go to school, says the Premier. “The Education Act is very clear that school boards have a legal obligation to give access to children to the classroom regardless of their health status.”

Kenney also added that the seasonal flu is actually more hazardous to kids, than the coronavirus.

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Health Canada to approve Pfizer vaccines for kids

In addition, numerous reports have said Health Canada will give Pfizer approval by Friday (Nov. 19) to give its vaccine to children between 5 and 11 years old.

Around three million doses will be coming into the country over the next few days. That’s enough for every eligible child to get their first shot.

The approval from the national health agency comes a month after Pfizer submitted its data that suggests the vaccine is 91% effective in preventing symptoms in kids ages five to eleven.

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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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