Dear Optima Living Residents, Employees, and Stakeholders,
Maya Angelou once said, “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” It feels like it is a rather apt reminder as we continue to navigate the pandemic. While we remember to wash our hands, protect ourselves, and respect others, there are also ways in which we can focus on bringing hope and laughter to our community. Let us live with hope and zest for life even while enduring the challenges set before us. We must continue to stay focused on best practises, express gratitude to the caregivers and frontline workers, and above all continue to live in hope and look for ways to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
Alberta remains under a state of public health emergency. New Public Health restrictions came into effect starting September 16th to reduce the spread and protect our health care system. Businesses participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program will require patrons or clients to be vaccinated or to show a recent negative test result.
Getting vaccinated is the best defence from COVID-19.
Premier Kenney also said public sector workers will soon be required to show full proof of COVID-19 vaccination by November 30th.
Download Your QR Code
“The AB COVID Records Verifier app is available for businesses and other organizations to download onto Apple and Android devices,” Kenney said. “Albertans can obtain the QR code at alberta.ca/CovidRecords by entering basic information including their provincial healthcare number. “
“After November 15th, the scannable QR code will be the only acceptable record of vaccination,” Kenney said.
Vaccine Rate Increases to 85.3%
More than 3.2 million Albertans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday, 85.3 percent of eligible Albertans have had at least one dose, and 76% are fully vaccinated.
For booster shots, 6,627 3rd-dose appointments were booked Wednesday, Alberta Health says. CBC says “Previously, immunocompromised Albertans, as well as seniors in congregate care settings, were the only ones eligible to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But the provincial government expanded eligibility this week to all Albertans aged 75 or older and Indigenous people aged 65 or older.”
“As of Tuesday, October 12th, 88.8% (4,117,400) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.6% (3,830,063) received their second dose. In addition, 89.3% (3,862,332) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 83.3% (3,604,199) received their second dose.”
Recently, British Columbia announced that it will mandate that all healthcare workers be vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 31st, 2021. “We'll be implementing a new order that makes vaccination against COVID-19 a condition of employment across all healthcare facilities in B.C. This includes all workers, students, physicians, residents, contractors, and volunteers,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said. Watch on CTV News.
British Columbia also announced a Vaccination Passport System. The vaccine card system began September 13th, at which time visitors to non-essential businesses such as restaurants and movie theatres will need at least one dose to enter.
Starting October 12th, all visitors to long-term care and assisted-living facilities will need to show proof they have received at least one dose.
Starting October 26th, all visitors to long-term care, assisted living and acute care communities will need to show proof they are fully vaccinated with two doses. Those who are not vaccinated will not be able to visit these high-risk settings (excluding children 12 or under or those with an approved medical exemption).
Stay Safe. Be Well. Take Care.
Farid Damji | Co-Founder & Principal