Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says that vaccine appointments tripled after the announcement of the Restrictions Exemption Program Wednesday. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says that vaccine appointments tripled after the announcement of the Restrictions Exemption Program Wednesday. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Kenney says vaccine demand tripled since announcement of new vaccine requirements

Premier Jason Kenney is claiming that COVID-19 immunization appointments have almost tripled since Wednesday’s announcement of the Restriction Exemption Program.

Kenney made the claim in the Facebook Live question and answer session Thursday, where he fielded questions from the public.

He said that the province was pushing 25,000 bookings for vaccinations on Thursday alone, which is up from about 9,400 appointments on Wednesday.

“My guestimate is we will have seen a tripling of bookings since (Wednesday) night’s announcement which is a very encouraging sign and I want to thank people for stepping up,” he said.

Alberta Health confirmed Friday, that on Sept. 15, the province administered 9,750 doses of the vaccine and Thursday, 28,158 doses were administered.

On Wednesday, the province introduced a vaccine passport-like program.

Starting Monday, Albertans will have to show proof of vaccination to enter businesses and public spaces that are a part of the program.

You can either show proof of full vaccination, proof that you have had one dose two weeks before accessing the service or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test from a private provider.