The Failed AHS Vaccine Mandate Shows The Government Needs You More Than You Need Them

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on December 28, 2021

The vaccine mandate put on healthcare workers in Alberta by the Alberta Health Service officially fell apart just a few days ago. Although we should have never placed an unconstitutional mandate on healthcare workers, at the very least the AHS helped prove that vaccine mandates do more harm than good, especially when placed on an already sluggish healthcare system.

It was just a few months ago that the AHS was prepared to try and silently lay off over 26,000 “casual employees” to get their numbers up and despite having achieved an artificial 97 percent vaccination rate, predictably they are short-staffed. 

Evidently refusing to call in unvaccinated AHS employees did not scare many into violating their own principles on the matter, but it did eventually cripple the medical system. Now AHS CEO Dr. Verna Yiu and Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping are allowing back all unvaccinated staff and making rapid tests an option again. 

Of course, the Alberta NDP’s Health Critic David Shepard criticized the government for cutting going back on their draconian mandate, stating that:

Alberta is choosing to cut back on testing and compromising their own data when we should be enhancing these measures. Why is the government going dark in the middle of a crisis?

It would not be a major shock if other provinces’ vaccine mandates on healthcare workers begin to fall apart as treatment weight times spike. 

The AHS understood that just a small portion of healthcare workers refusing to get vaccinated after they were put on unpaid leave would undermine the whole mandate, which is why they tried to silently remove almost 25 percent of their workforce.

The National Telegraph was the first news organization to cover the AHS plans to remove the 26,255 “causal employees” and it required leaked information to be passed on to retired Liverpool police officer David Dickson, in order to break open the story. 

The exposer of the fact the AHS was going to try and silently lay off workers caused them to back off the mandate compliance deadline by an entire month. They then allowed a small portion of unvaccinated workers to come back to fill in gaps in certain healthcare centres, and now they have scrapped the entire mandate altogether.

This collapse of the provincial vaccine mandate on healthcare workers only effectively lasted a little over two months.

What healthcare workers that are returning to work need to remember is that rapid tests will be required in order to go to work and that if the Alberta government and AHS act as they have previously, the allowance for testing may be only temporary. Unvaccinated healthcare workers need to be prepared to be put on unpaid leave again and not go along with the games the government may try and play.

Unvaccinated healthcare workers or any other government employees affected by the mandates around the country should take note of what happened in Alberta and realize that holding out from complying with the mandate and speaking out against the government will eventually make them back off. 

Remember; the government needs you more than you need them. 


If you want to keep up to date with developments on vaccine mandates and efforts people are making to resist them The National Telegraph recommends following The Angry Albertan’s Telegram group.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

5 responses to “The Failed AHS Vaccine Mandate Shows The Government Needs You More Than You Need Them”

  1. John says:

    Does anyone know how to spell “Incompitant”

  2. Jen says:

    I wonder if this is happening in other provinces yet, specifically Ontario?

  3. Mike says:

    Interestingly enough, my workplace has not mandated that employees are vaccinated (too many of us said no), but they did bring in a policy that all new hires would have to be.

    They recently had two openings but didn’t get a single qualified vaccinated person apply.

    They very quietly hired two unvaccinated people and gave them each "exemptions" from the new rule.

  4. wuXù says:

    Brilliant piece that demonstrates the imposition-acquiescence equation.
    Just like how they say it in the Philippines: "walang manloloco kung walang mag-papa loco"
    Translated as "the tricksters fool no one when no one allows themselves to be fooled."

  5. Don Juan says:

    They will only allow you back if you pay for the tests every 48 hrs and then in march kick you to the curb again once they have used you for their purposes and cold and flu season is over. Most abusive employer I have ever seen. Bunch of scumbags!