Alberta accepts COVID-19 aid from Ottawa and N.L., announces vaccine policy for public servants

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In Calgary, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney provides an update on the COVID-19 situation in the province. He announces that Alberta is accepting aid from the federal government and is finalizing arrangements to welcome medical personnel teams from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Red Cross. He also says that the province is accepting an offer of medical aid from Newfoundland and Labrador, days after initially declining the assistance. Kenney also announces a proof-of-vaccination policy for the province's public servants. Employees will have until November 30 to submit their proof of vaccination. They must provide regular negative test results within 72 hours of every scheduled workday if they are not fully vaccinated. Effective December 14, these tests will be required and paid for by employees. Individuals who do not comply with the policy or who do not have an exemption will be placed on unpaid leave. Premier Kenney is joined at his news conference by Jason Copping, the Alberta minister of health. Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, and Tim Grant, Alberta's public service commissioner, take part from Edmonton.
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