As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Alberta has implemented a few different approaches to promoting the vaccine.
This includes a $1 million draw for those who got the vaccine over the summer, a $100 incentive, as well as the most recent one, ban waiver program – or as it is commonly known, the Vaccine Passport.
During a September 21 briefing, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said 120,000 people have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot since the $100 stimulus was announced in early September – but experts say that number is lower. Vaccines declared in is responsible for the passport. .
Kenny said the new Vaccine Passport initiative is off to a strong start.
On 21 September he said, “I am happy to report that in the 72 hours since this program was announced, over 78,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were delivered, and the momentum continues, with over 23,000 doses delivered yesterday.” Went.”
But he did highlight the vaccine incentives.
“To date, 81.4 percent of eligible Alberts have now received at least one shot, and 72.8 percent have received two shots, both a sharp increase from a week ago. In fact, when Since we launched a $100 incentive to get people vaccinated about three weeks ago, we’ve seen more than 120,000 people step up for their first shot, increasing that segment of the population by about three percent .
The incentive program was announced on the morning of 3 September.
From 3 to 15 September – a 13-day period – 154,575 Albertans received a COVID-19 shot, according to Alberta Health Data.
The vaccine passport was announced on the evening of 15 September.
From 16 to 26 September – an 11-day period – 237,151 people received a COVID-19 shot.
Looking at taking only the first dose, 49,850 people took their doses from September 3 to 15, compared to 66,551 from September 16 to 20. When Kenny spoke on September 21, it also meant that he was off by about 3,600 doses in his dose. The total was 116,401 since the 120,000 estimate. (Note: Alberta Gov.’s vaccine numbers fluctuate on its data page. The numbers above are accurate as of September 27).
Calgary psychologist Dr. Brent Macdonald said that Kenny is misrepresenting reality by linking the two stimuli together.
“After the announcement for the $100 gift card the uptake increased by about 20 percent from last week and dropped to about 10 percent within a few days after that, so it wasn’t really a significant increase,” she said.
“Where we saw this significant uptick, however, was after the announcement of restrictions (including vaccine passports). Then we saw a 200 percent increase in offtake, so to claim that the offtake was due to a $100 gift card is completely misleading. This was actually because of the restrictions that were being imposed. “
Kenny’s deputy press secretary, Harrison Fleming, told Granthshala News that Kenny was “not simply attributing the previously announced incentives.”
“It is clear that the premier was referring to all the actions that the government of Alberta has taken to increase the number of vaccinated Albertans,” he said via email.
“Vaccines are the most effective way to combat COVID-19, and this is why the Government of Alberta is doing everything possible to vaccinate as many Albertans as possible.”
University of Alberta sociology professor Amy Kler said Kenny was “being deliberately misled.”
“This statement is true in a literal sense: Vaccine uptake has really increased ever since they announced a $100 giveaway. But what is increasing is not cheap; it is the announcement of a vaccine passport. is,” she said.
“We’ve seen this in jurisdictions around the world: People who have stopped getting vaccinated will get their shots if the shots are a gateway to other things they want to do, like going out and socializing or coming back.” Being able to with friends and family.”
Calgary political scientist Lori Williams said Kenny does not want to admit he was wrong and is “blatantly reluctant” to admit what most experts said when announcing the cash stimulus: Vaccine passports are more effective. .
imperative vs free market
Vaccine passports work, Kler agrees. He clarified that paying select people to take shots doesn’t work and creates resentment because payments only go to those who have delayed getting their shots – not the ones they got earlier. Explained.
“Kenny wants to undermine the power of the vaccine passport because he fears a minority within his party who opposes any kind of requirement or mandate,” Kler said.
“Buying vaccinations by paying people $100 for each shot is more attractive to the right wing because it’s more like a free market for vaccinations, while making vaccines mandatory or making vaccine requirements is less attractive because it involves the involvement of private enterprises. State regulation is involved.”
That’s why Vaccine Passport is called the Restriction Waiver Program, she explained.
“Their premise seems to be out of shape at the thought of any measure that includes mandates or restrictions, even if those measures have proven to be the best way to vaccinate the remaining eligible population and get everyone back on track.Read More normal life,” said Color.
“This is why the Vaccine Passport Program is called the Restriction Waiver Program, which is not a term used elsewhere in the world, but for Kenny’s premise, he might better sell it if it looks like it’s Getting rid of restrictions. Introducing them.”
‘Increasingly large numbers’
Just look at the evidence; The numbers are clear, Williams said. The incentive program had nowhere near the effect of the passport.