Overview

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and save lives. The vaccine helps prevent you from getting infected and protects you from getting severely sick if you do get it.

Albertans are being vaccinated as fast as supply allows. This is happening in phases so people most at risk get it first. More groups will be eligible as we get more doses.

Until most Albertans are protected by the vaccine, we must continue following all public health guidelines: keep 2 metres apart, wash your hands, wear a mask in public, and stay home when sick.

Progress to date

As of March 1:

  • 245,054 doses administered
  • 5,541.8 doses per 100,000 population
  • 88,539 Albertans fully immunized (2 doses)
  • 116 adverse events following immunization reported (learn about vaccine safety)

Get vaccinated. It's easy and safe.

Sign up when it's your turn. Show up to your appointment. Follow up with your second dose.

Graphic shows steps to get vaccinated: 1 sign up, 2 show up, 3 follow up

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Albertans 75+ (born 1946 or earlier) can book online, call 811, or contact a participating pharmacy in Calgary, Edmonton or Red Deer. Only book once. Bring ID.

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Need a ride?

Isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges can call 211 to get help finding a ride to and from their vaccination appointment.

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Phases

Everyone who wants a vaccine, will get a vaccine. But you may have to wait until people most at risk get vaccinated first. Review the phases to find out when it's your turn.

Exact timelines for Alberta's phased vaccination program depends on supply. We will update our approach as more vaccine becomes available. Sign up to be notified of changes.

  • Early Phase: December 2020

    Vaccinations were offered to key populations, with a focus on acute care sites with the highest COVID-19 capacity concerns in Edmonton and Calgary:

    • Health-care workers in intensive care units
    • Respiratory therapists
    • Staff in long term care and designated supportive living facilities
  • Phase 1: January to March 2021

    Vaccinations are being offered to key populations across the province:

    • Respiratory therapists
    • Health-care workers in intensive care units
    • Health-care workers in emergency departments
    • Health-care workers in COVID-19 units, medical and surgical units, and operating rooms
    • Paramedics and emergency medical responders
    • Staff in long term care and designated supportive living facilities
    • Home care workers
    • All residents of long term care and designated supportive living, regardless of age
    • First Nations, Inuit, Métis and persons 65 years of age and over living in a First Nations community or Metis Settlement
    • Seniors 75 years of age and over, no matter where they live:
      • Starting Feb. 19, AHS will vaccinate residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living and other congregate living facilities with people 75 or older
      • Starting Feb. 24, any Albertan born in 1946 or earlier can book an appointment
  • Phase 2: April to September 2021

    Phase 2 is broken into Groups A to D. Vaccinations for each group will begin once the previous group has been completed. Timelines are subject to change depending on vaccine supply.

    Detailed information on how eligible Albertans will receive the vaccine will be released prior to each group.

    Group A

    • Albertans aged 65 to 74, no matter where they live
    • First Nations, Inuit and Métis people aged 50 and older, no matter where they live
    • Staff and residents of licensed supportive living (seniors) not included in Phase 1

    Group B

    • Albertans aged 18 to 64 with high-risk underlying health conditions
    • Specific conditions will be provided prior to Phase 2 roll-out

    Group C

    • Residents and staff of eligible congregate living settings: correctional facilities, homeless shelters, group homes including disability, mental health and other types of licensed supportive living
    • Health-care workers providing direct and acute patient care who have a high potential for spread to high risk individuals
    • Caregivers of Albertans who are most at risk of severe outcomes

    Group D

    • Albertans aged 50 to 64, no matter where they live
    • First Nations, Inuit and Métis people aged 35 to 49 on and off reserve or Métis Settlements

    Work to identify sequencing for all other groups is underway. If additional vaccines are approved and become available, people between the ages of 18 and 64 who work in specific workplaces or industries may be included in Phase 2.

  • Phase 3: Fall 2021

    Anticipated start of roll-out of the vaccine to the general public.

  • Follow up: Second dose

    Second doses of the vaccine are necessary to ensure you're protected for as long as possible.

    In Alberta, second doses will be administered within 42 days after the first dose to allow as many people to receive the vaccine as quickly as possible. This aligns with the approach recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the World Health Organization statements on vaccines for COVID-19.

    Once you've had both doses of the vaccine, you are less likely to become sick with COVID-19. But we don't yet know if the vaccine prevents people from spreading the virus. Continue following public health measures to keep unvaccinated people around you safe.

Who should get vaccinated

Every Albertan who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated.

Vaccines make our immune systems stronger by building antibodies to help prevent and fight off diseases. Because COVID-19 is a new virus, no one has natural immunity. It is much safer and more effective to get immunized than it is to get infected.

Get vaccinated

  • Albertans 16 and older
  • Recovered from COVID-19

Consult doctor first

Don't get vaccinated

Get the facts

The COVID-19 vaccines meet high national requirements. They are safe and vital.

Canada has one of the most robust vaccine approval processes in the world. Any adverse effects have been minimal.

Seniors are at a higher risk from COVID-19. Vaccines help your immune system and protect those around you.

COVID-19 vaccines are for young and healthy people, too. They can protect you and those around you.

Vaccine safety

Thanks to worldwide collaboration, COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly without compromising safety. In addition to completing rigorous clinical trials, vaccines must also undergo Health Canada's strict review process before being approved for use in Canada.

Approved vaccines

Vaccines approved by Health Canada:

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