Alberta’s plan to stop testing for COVID-19 poses risks for children, pediatricians say – CBC

Letter to premier urges delay until 85% of Albertans have been immunized

Aug 09, 2021

The Alberta government’s decision to eliminate COVID-19 testing has pediatricians extremely worried about the health of the province’s children when they return to school in a few weeks.

In a letter sent Monday to Premier Jason Kenney, the Alberta Medical Association’s (AMA) Section of Pediatrics urges Kenney to delay the removal of monitoring measures until 85 per cent of Albertans have been immunized, or until the COVID-19 pandemic has reached the less volatile endemic stage.

“Over 1.5 million Albertans remain unvaccinated and over half a million children under 12 are still ineligible for the vaccine,” says the letter, signed by 13 doctors representing the section’s executive.

“As we near the start of the school year, a lack of mitigation and monitoring measures will result in a situation where the fourth wave will cause COVID-19 to spread quickly throughout unvaccinated populations and children.”

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