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Alberta associations want construction vaccines prioritized

Alberta associations want construction vaccines prioritized
PROVINCE OF ALBERTA — A COVID-19 vaccine dose is administered in Alberta.

EDMONTON — Alberta construction advocates want those on the jobsite to be able to get the jab.

The Alberta Construction Association (ACA) is calling on the province to prioritize vaccinations for construction workers as more vaccine doses become available.

“With the emergence of variants which target young people, a predominant demographic on our jobsites and among our office personnel, further actions are warranted. Our member firms are tightening their protocols,” wrote ACA board chair Leon Gullickson in a letter to Tyler Shandro, Alberta Health Minister.

Gullickson added the province’s construction associations are partnering with Alberta Health Services in an industry-wide webinar mid-May to equip employers with the latest information and members are urging their staff to be vaccinated as soon as vaccine is available.

“Please assist us in keeping our workers safe, and in keeping our industry as a key engine of economic recovery in building essential infrastructure,” wrote Gullickson. “We ask that as sufficient quantities of vaccine become available, priority for construction employees along with other essential occupations ahead of the general public.”

The province is facing some of its worst case numbers since the start of the pandemic. Health officials announced that it broke its daily COVID-19 record for the third day in a row on Saturday when it reported 2,433 new cases. This weekend, Alberta’s test positivity rate hit 12 per cent, its highest ever.

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