“I’m pleased that the United Nurses of Alberta and the Alberta Health Services have reached an agreement that provides additional COVID-related supports that will protect workers and help build capacity as we continue to deal with the pandemic.

“The agreement also delays bargaining until March 31, 2021 so the focus can remain on the pandemic.

“I thank our nurses for their dedication and compassion in caring for Albertans in these extraordinary times. This decision is in the best interest of all Albertans and the health care system as we strive to reduce the rate of transmission and implement the COVID-19 vaccination program.”