Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced updated health measures Monday which are now in place for retail, hotels and community halls, performance groups, and youth sports as part of Step 2 of Alberta's reopening plan. (File photo by Government of Alberta)

Alberta government releases proof of vaccination FAQ

Shandro insists province won’t require vaccine proof

In the wake of public pressure, the Alberta government has released a list of frequently asked questions regarding vaccine documentation.

Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro shared the website in a Twitter thread Thursday afternoon, where he insisted the province won’t require vaccine proof.

“Albertans have been asking more questions about proof of vaccination in recent days so we have posted answers to some of the most common questions online,” Shandro tweeted.

“To be clear, the Alberta government has not and will not mandate a so-called ‘vaccine passport’ for domestic use.”

There are 11 questions posted, including “What is a vaccine passport”, “What proof of vaccination do Albertans have available” and “will some private businesses and municipalities require Albertans to show proof of vaccine”.

In response to that last question, the province says “some private business and municipalities have announced their intent to require proof of vaccination to access their businesses or services. This is not the decision of the Government of Alberta,” the answer reads.

“Private businesses and municipalities’ decisions may be subject to legal challenges by individual Albertans.”

Shandro said in his Twitter thread that Albertans will soon be able to print “a conveniently sized paper card” to show their vaccine status. He added that includes vaccination records and Albertans can print that or display the vaccination record through the mobile app.