Thousands protest vaccine mandates in Calgary, as hospitals struggle with rising COVID cases – CBC

Nearly 700 hospital beds in Alberta are filled with COVID-19 patients

Sep 12, 2021

Roughly 2,000 people rallied in Calgary on Sunday to protest vaccine mandates and other public health measures.

There are more than 16,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, more than 4,400 of which are in Calgary.

The rally — purportedly held to support firefighters, emergency medical services, police, nurses, city and health-care workers who are against vaccine mandates — began at Olympic Plaza before marchers walked arm-in-arm through downtown.

Alberta Health Services and the City of Calgary are requiring employees to receive two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. They say those who can’t be vaccinated for a medical reason or for other protected grounds under the province’s human rights act will be accommodated.

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