During the question period, a member of the media asked about the top doctor's opinion on"pandemic fatigue" given that we will soon hit the six-month mark since Alberta's first COVID-19 case was recorded.
On Monday, May 17, Jason Kenney delivered an Alberta COVID-19 update to the public. During the announcement, he said that the province will be "tying reopening, in large part, to the percentage of the population that gets vaccinated."
He said hospitalization numbers will also be a factor in the reopening plan, at least in the early stages. Kenney urged that "vaccine cautious" Albertans need to know that "their ticket to freedom and their way back to normal lies through getting vaccinated."
The premier continued to say that vaccinated Albertans won't be getting any special privileges, such as being exempt from some public health rules as we're seeing in the U.S. He called it a "team effort," saying "we're all in it together."
"Everybody who can, please get vaccinated, and if we do that we think within a matter of weeks we'll be able substantially to remove public health restrictions."
Meanwhile, Canada has released a "life after vaccination" roadmap, which outlines how federal health officials think the summer and fall will look as more Canadians get their doses.
On Monday, May 17, Shoppers Drug Mart announced it will be selling rapid COVID-19 tests to asymptomatic people in Alberta and Ontario starting today.
"Rapid antigen tests are available in all Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw pharmacies in the two provinces, providing results typically within 15-20 minutes," the company said in a press release.
You must not have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who's tested positive in order to get one. The tests cost $40 each, and they will be processed right away with results being sent to the customer afterwards.
People are being advised to book an appointment at their nearby Shoppers or Loblaw pharmacy locations.
If you're not showing COVID-19 symptoms but you're looking for some peace of mind, you can book in to get one of these quick tests at all Alberta locations now.
To book online through AHS, all you have to do is click "book online" on the site and follow the prompts. Once you hit the landing page, you will need to fill out your personal information before selecting a time slot for your appointment.
AHS says there are longer than average wait times through 811 at present. So, if you're not a fan of sitting on hold, you can also look through Alberta's Blue Cross to see which nearby pharmacies are giving out COVID-19 vaccines. There are drop-down menus that will refine your search to link you up to the closest pharmacy near you and you can give them a call directly.