By Nikki Jamieson
Westwind Weekly News
While active COVID-19 cases are dropping again, those who haven’t already done so are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
According to provincial statistics as of Oct. 28, 79.8 per cent of the provincial population aged 12 and up has been full vaccinated. In the Cardston-Kainai region — of which the Town of Magrath is a part of, 81.8 percent of those aged 12 and up have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 72.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Magrath Mayor Bryne Cook said he was not surprised by those numbers.
“I’m not really surprised as we pride ourselves on not being told what to do. In a world filled with debates over rights and freedoms many feel this is their chance to be in charge and dig their heels in. I get that — but those decisions can affect all of us,” said Cook.
While the Cardston-Kainai region may have higher vaccination numbers then some other parts of southern Alberta — 51.6 percent of those aged 12 and up are fully vaccinated in the M.D. of Taber, while the County of Forty Mile has a vaccinated rate of 44.4 per cent — it still means that a large portion of residents are unvaccinated, especially considering there are those who cannot get vaccinated yet. When taking into account the entire population of the Cardston-Kainai area, which includes those under 12 years of age, just 58.6 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Cook encouraged those who hadn’t already received a vaccination to go and do so, noting this is not a decision that affects just you, but those around you as well.
“It’s time to follow science and get the vaccine. The virus is real; if not for yourself, get vaccinated for those around you. Someone more vulnerable than you will appreciate it,” said Cook. “It’s time to reconnect. Time to get out of the divisive mindset we’ve seen in the media over the past couple of years. Time to be neighbors and realize how good life still is.”
To book your COVID-19 vaccine, contact a participating pharmacy, visits a walk-in clinic or book online at ahs.ca/covidvaccine.