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Alberta/Canadian-Media: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said during a news conference Dec 15 that its government is planning to send COVID-19 Care teams into the 11 hardest-hit neighborhoods in Edmonton and Calgary to offer masks, hand sanitizer, and to provide free hotel rooms to allow people in those areas for self-isolation, if needed.
Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine. Image credit: Unsplash
Kenney said that public health data has revealed that said some areas of the province such as northeast Calgary, and nine areas in Edmonton — Northeast Edmonton, Northgate, Castle Downs, Woodcroft West, Jasper Place, Woodcroft East, Eastwood, Abbotsfield and Mill Woods West are hard hit with high rates of transmission and added,
"Albertans in these particular communities are at high risk of COVID-19... residents of these communities often have public facing jobs which may make them more susceptible to community transmission," said Kenney.
Apart from providing materials, these Covid-19 Care teams would give clarification about public health orders in the languages people speak in those areas, and deliver care packages with masks, hand sanitizer and relevant information, and social supports, said Kenney.
"These heaviest-hit neighborhoods tend to be lower incomes areas...Many of these families also have English language barriers." said Kenney and added that as part of this community campaign people will be eligible for a temporary emergency payments of $625 once they have completed their self-isolation at one of the designated hotels.
The Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccination program began on Dec 15 on Dec 15 and Kenney said that it has to run impartially and objectively, based on decisions made by experts, the premier said, and added,
"No minister, no MLA, nobody involved in the political side of government should be picking up any phone to say that so-and-so should be jumping this queue."