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Everyone 6 months+ can get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get it. All vaccines are safe, effective and save lives.

  • Bivalent booster doses for people 12+ available now.
  • First boosters (third doses) are available to children 5 to 11 years of age.
  • Primary series are available to children 6 months to 4 years.
  • People 5+ can get their influenza vaccine at the same time as their COVID-19 vaccine. Separate appointments are not required.

Book with an AHS clinic or pharmacy online, call 811, or visit a walk-in clinic.

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Vaccination data

As of November 28:

  • 9,734,651 doses administered
  • 90.9% of Albertans 12+ with at least 1 dose
  • 87.5% of Albertans 12+ with at least 2 doses
  • 2,825 adverse events following immunization (learn about vaccine safety)

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Boost your protection

Vaccine protection against infection and illness declines over time and is lower with the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Getting all the doses you are eligible for boosts your immunity, which improves your protection against infection and severe outcomes, and limits the spread of the virus.

  • Bivalent booster for 12+

    • Eligibility: Everyone 12 and older, including immunocompromised individuals, who completed any primary series (including a mix of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) or who have received any number of previous boosters.
    • When to book:
      • At least 5 months since the last dose or most recent infection
      • A shortened interval of 3 months can be considered (for example, for individuals at higher risk for severe outcomes), however, a longer interval leads to a better immune response against COVID-19 infection that is expected to last longer.
    • How to book: Book online (pharmacy is recommended or AHS clinic) or call 811. Clinics are also available in First Nations communities.
      • Many pharmacies are also accepting walk-in appointments. If your local pharmacy is not listed in the booking system, contact them directly or find a pharmacy near you
      • Some community medical clinics are also offering COVID-19 vaccines and can be contacted directly.
      • Bookings for appointments sooner than 5 months since the last dose or most recent infection cannot be made online, in these cases you will need to call 811 or go to a pharmacy.
    • Vaccine information:
      • The bivalent COVID-19 vaccines trigger a stronger immune response and provide additional protection against both Omicron and the original SARS-CoV-2 virus strain. Bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are widely available across Alberta.
      • Moderna Bivalent Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine is a BA.1 Omicron-containing mRNA vaccine approved by Health Canada as a booster dose for adults 18 years and older.
      • The bivalent Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster is a BA.4/5 Omicron-containing mRNA vaccine approved by Health Canada as a booster dose for people 12 and older.
      • It is not yet clear whether there will be a difference in protection offered by the BA.4/5 bivalent compared with the BA.1 bivalent vaccine – both offer broader immune response against variants than the original vaccine.
  • First booster (third dose) of Pfizer for children 5 to 11

    • Eligibility: Children 5 to 11 are eligible to get a first booster (third dose) of Pfizer. Immunocompromised individuals are eligible for a 3 dose primary series and a vaccine booster.
    • When to book:
      • At least 5 months after second dose or most recent infection
      • A shortened interval of 3 months can be considered (for example, for individuals at higher risk for severe outcomes), however, a longer interval  leads to a better immune response against COVID-19 infection that is expected to last longer.
    • How to book: Book online (pharmacy or AHS clinic) or call 811. Clinics are also available in many First Nations communities.
      • Bookings for appointments sooner than 5 months (no less than 3 months) since the last dose or most recent infection cannot be made online, in these cases you will need to call 811 or go to a pharmacy.
    • Vaccine information:
      • Pfizer, Moderna and mixed-series vaccines all offer a high level of protection.
      • A booster dose of Pfizer can be offered to children 5 to 11 years of age who received Moderna as their primary series.
  • First booster (second dose) for Janssen vaccine

    Janssen is a single-dose vaccine, but a first booster (second dose) is recommended to boost protection in eligible recipients:

    • 18 and older who received a first dose of Janssen vaccine, and
    • have a contraindication to or decline an mRNA (Moderna or Pfizer) and/or Novavax vaccine

    When to book

    • At least 2 months after the first Janssen dose

    How to book

    • Call 811
  • Doses for immunocompromised individuals

    Individuals with certain immunocompromising conditions should receive a 3-dose primary series, followed by all of the booster doses they are eligible for. This is to provide stronger protection because their immune systems respond differently to vaccines than other people without these conditions.

    Eligible immunocompromising conditions

    • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy
    • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (for example, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    • Individuals with advanced untreated HIV infection or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
    • Recipients of immunosuppressive therapies (for example, anti-B cell therapies, high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents)
    • Transplant recipients, including solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplants
    • Individuals with chronic kidney disease receiving regular dialysis
    • Recipients of active cancer treatment (chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted therapies), excluding those receiving only hormonal therapy, radiation therapy or surgery
    • Individuals taking certain medications for autoimmune diseases including rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab and methotrexate
  • Doses for those vaccinated outside Alberta

    • Anyone who was initially vaccinated outside Alberta can receive additional doses here when they are eligible.
    • Bring the original written record of your dose(s) with you to the appointment.
    • Call Health Link at 811 if you have any further questions.

Vaccines for children

After your vaccine

  • Get your vaccine record

    Vaccine record with QR code

    • Albertans can get their vaccine record with QR code at alberta.ca/CovidRecords.
      • It's fast and easy – no account required. Enter your personal healthcare number, birthdate, and month and year of vaccination.
      • Download your card and print out, or save on your phone.
      • If you were vaccinated recently, it may take up to 2 weeks for your records to be available online.
    • For help accessing or printing a vaccine record:
      • go to alberta.ca/CovidRecordsHelp if you need technical assistance
      • connect with community organizations that offer printing such as libraries and senior centres
      • call 811 to have your record mailed to you
  • Travel vaccine requirements

    • Effective October 1, 2022, the Government of Canada removed all COVID-19 border measures including proof of vaccination, testing, quarantine, isolation and use of the ArriveCAN app.
    • Other jurisdictions may continue to have travel restrictions. Travellers should check to see if travel measures are in effect for their destination.
    • Proof of vaccination is no longer required to travel on planes or trains in Canada.
    • Learn how to get your vaccine records with a QR code.

About the vaccines

All approved vaccines are safe, effective and will help prevent serious illness. You're encouraged to review current evidence to make an informed decision about your health.

  • Moderna and Pfizer vaccines

    The Moderna and Pfizer BioNTech vaccines are proven highly effective in preventing serious illness and death.

    Who should get it (original vaccines)

    • Pfizer BioNTech is offered as a primary series for people 6 months and older, and as a booster for people 5 to 11.
    • Moderna is offered as a primary series for people 6 months and older, and as a booster for people 12 to 17.
    • People 5 to 29 years of age are recommended to get the Pfizer vaccine as their primary series as the rare risk of myocarditis is lower when compared to the Moderna vaccine.

    Who should get it (bivalent vaccines)

    • The Moderna BA.1 bivalent vaccine is offered as a booster to people 18 years and older.
    • The Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster, which includes the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, is available in Alberta for people 12 years and older.

    Who shouldn't get it (original and bivalent)

    • Consult your doctor if you have questions about your health conditions.

    How it works (original and bivalent)

    • Uses mRNA technology to teach cells how to make a protein to trigger an immune response and make antibodies to fight the COVID-19 virus. It does not alter your DNA.

    Possible side effects (original and bivalent)

    • Pain at injection site, body chills, feeling tired or feverish are common.
    • Allergic reactions are rare.
    • No major safety concerns have been identified.
    • Rare cases of heart inflammation (known as myocarditis and pericarditis) after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine have been reported internationally and in Canada. Investigations are ongoing. These are cases are rare, treatable, and typically mild.
      • As of September 5, 2022, there have been 112 reported cases of myocarditis in Alberta out of more than 9.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered.
      • Current evidence suggests a likely causal association between myocarditis and the mRNA vaccines.
      • Learn more: Myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccines (PDF, 444 KB)
  • Novavax vaccine (limited quantities available)

    Novavax has been proven effective in preventing serious illness and death in adults from COVID-19 infection.

    Who should get it

    • A complete series and a booster dose with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is preferentially recommended.
    • Novavax vaccine may be offered to individuals age 18 years and older who have a contraindication to or decline an mRNA vaccine.
    • Due to limited quantities, call 811 to book an appointment at select locations across Alberta.

    Who shouldn't get it

    • Not currently authorized for people under 18.

    How it works

    • Protein subunit vaccines use purified COVID-19 spike proteins to stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies that will protect you against COVID-19.

    Possible side effects

    • Pain at injection site, body chills, feeling tired or feverish are common.
    • Allergic reactions are rare. As with any medication, you should contact your health-care provider if you experience any health concerns.
  • Janssen vaccine (limited quantities available)

    The Janssen vaccine has been proven effective in preventing serious illness and death in adults from COVID-19 infection.

    • It is currently offered as a single-dose vaccine to complete the primary series.
    • A booster dose of an mRNA vaccine is recommended 5 months after completion of the primary series.
    • A single booster dose of Janssen can be provided in the event of a contraindication or refusal of an mRNA or Novavax vaccine. Additional booster doses of Janssen have not been approved by Health Canada at this time.

    Who should get it

    • Albertans age 18 years and older who have a contraindication to, or refuse, an mRNA and/or Novavax vaccine.
    • Due to limited quantities, call 811 to book an appointment at select locations across Alberta.

    Who shouldn't get it

    • Not currently authorized for people under 18.
    • People who received a mixed 2-dose series of Janssen and any other vaccine cannot get another dose of Janssen.

    How it works

    • Viral vector vaccines use a modified harmless virus (vector) to carry the genetic code for the COVID-19 virus spike protein. Once in the cells, the vaccine provides instructions for the cell to make the spike protein, which then cause your immune system to produce antibodies that will protect you against COVID-19.

    Possible side effects

    • Pain at injection site, body chills, feeling tired or feverish are common.
    • Allergic reactions are rare. As with any medication, you should contact your health-care provider if you experience any health concerns.
    • Some rare reactions that have been reported and confirmed after taking Janssen vaccine are:
      • Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports the risk of TTS following immunization with the Janssen vaccine to be about 3.1 per million doses administered.
      • Capillary leak syndrome
      • Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
  • AstraZeneca (COVISHIELD) vaccine (no longer available in Alberta)

    The AstraZeneca (COVISHIELD) vaccine has been proven effective in preventing serious illness and death in adults.

    Who should get it

    • This vaccine is no longer available in Alberta.

    How it works

    • Viral vector vaccines use a modified harmless virus (vector) to carry the genetic code for the COVID-19 virus spike protein. Once in the cells, the vaccine provides instructions for the cell to make the spike protein, which then cause your immune system to produce antibodies that will protect you against COVID-19.

    Possible side effects

    • Pain at injection site, body chills, feeling tired or feverish are common.
    • Allergic reactions are rare. As with any medication, you should contact your health-care provider if you experience any health concerns.
    • Rare instances of blood clots (known as VITT) are under investigation. These are rare and treatable.
      • To date, Alberta has reported 5 cases and 1 death.
      • Based on cases identified to date in Canada, the rate of VITT has been estimated at approximately one case in 55,000 first doses of vaccine.
      • The rate of VITT after a second dose is not clear yet, but data from the United Kingdom currently suggests it is much rarer than after first doses – roughly one case per 600,000 doses were reported.
         
  • What's the difference?

    All 5 vaccines help our bodies learn how to protect us against future infection from the virus that causes COVID-19, but use a different mechanism to get the attention of the immune system:

    • The AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines use a modified harmless virus (vector) to carry the genetic code for the COVID-19 virus spike protein. Once in the cells, the vaccine provides instructions for the cell to make the spike protein, which then cause your immune system to produce antibodies that will protect you against COVID-19.
    • Moderna and Pfizer use mRNA technology to teach cells how to make a protein to trigger an immune response and make antibodies to fight the real virus. It does not alter your DNA.
    • The Novavax vaccine uses purified COVID-19 spike proteins to stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies that will protect you against COVID-19.

    After your vaccine, it’s normal to have some minor side effects like fever or aches that go away on their own after a few days. As with all medicines, there's also a small chance that there will be a serious side effect like an allergic reaction, so it is important to stay for monitoring at the place you get your vaccine for 15 minutes after being vaccinated. Some very rare reactions after COVID-19 vaccines include:

  • Vaccine effectiveness against Omicron

Vaccine facts

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All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine. Learn more.

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Isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges can get a ride to and from their appointment. Call 211 for help.

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Vaccine safety

Thanks to worldwide collaboration, COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly without compromising safety. Every approved vaccine has met Health Canada's strict standards for safety, quality and effectiveness.

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