Get vaccinated. It's safe and easy.

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.

All Albertans 12+ will be eligible to get vaccinated starting Monday, May 10. Find out who's eligible now.

Until most Albertans are protected, fully vaccinated people must still follow all health measures: no indoor gatherings, keep 2 metres apart, wear a mask in public, and stay home when sick.

Progress to date

As of May 4:

  • 1,694,675 doses administered
  • 37,907 doses per 100,000 population
  • 305,511 Albertans fully immunized (2 doses)
  • 279 adverse events following immunization reported (learn about vaccine safety)

Book your free shot

When it's your turn, book using the method that is accepting appointments for your phase. Do not try booking in advance. Only book once.

NEW! Every Albertan 30+ can get vaccinated starting May 6, and every Albertan 12+ can get vaccinated starting May 10.

Vaccines available at participating pharmacies. No walk-ins unless stated.
Who's eligible now (May 5) How to book
Ages 40+ (AstraZeneca, based on availability) Pharmacy (appointments & walk-in locations)
AHS online | Call 811 | Walk-in clinics available
Ages 50+ (Phases 1-2D) Pharmacy | AHS online | Call 811
First Nations & Métis Ages 35+ (1-2D) Pharmacy | AHS online | Call 811 | On-reserve
Ages 12+ with health conditions (2B) Pharmacy | AHS online | Call 811
Eligible front-line workers (2C) Pharmacy | AHS online | Call 811
Ages 18+ for residents of Banff and RM of Wood Buffalo (2D) Pharmacy | Call 811
Sign up, Show up, Follow up

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 will depend on vaccine supply. 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: Started January

    Vaccinations are being offered to key populations across the province:

    • Seniors born in 1946 or earlier (turning 75+), no matter where they live:
      • AHS will vaccinate residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living, and other congregate living facilities with people 75 or older
      • Albertans 75+ can book an appointment online, call Health Link 811, or contact a participating pharmacy
    • 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 and Métis persons born in 1956 or earlier (turning 65+)  living in a First Nations community or Metis Settlement
  • Phase 2A: Started March 15

    Who's eligible in Group A

    • Albertans born 1947 to 1956 (turning 65 to 74), no matter where they live
    • First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) people born 1971 or earlier (turning 50+), no matter where they live
    • Staff and residents of licensed seniors supportive living facilities not included in Phase 1

    How to book

  • Phase 2B: Started March 30

    Who's eligible in Group B

    • Albertans born 2009 to 1957 (12 to 64) with eligible high-risk underlying health conditions.

    How to book

    When booking for a youth born between 2009 and 2006, make sure to have first contacted your physician and received a doctor’s note (required).

    Eligible health conditions

    • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen (a missing spleen or a spleen that is no longer working)
    • Cancer (anyone with a new diagnosis of or treatment for all forms of cancer in the last year, except non-invasive skin cancer)
    • Chronic heart disease and vascular disease:
      • Including: congenital heart disease, chronic heart failure, heart or kidney disease from high blood pressure, and a history of a stroke
      • Not including: high blood pressure alone
    • Chronic kidney diseases requiring regular medical monitoring or treatment
    • Chronic Liver disease due to any cause (for example: cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, and hemochromatosis)
    • Chronic neurological disease (for example: epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, MS, muscular dystrophy and dementia)
    • Chronic respiratory (lung) diseases:
      • Including: COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and severe asthma that required an asthma-related emergency department visit or hospital admission in the past year
      • Not including: mild or well-controlled asthma
    • Diabetes requiring insulin or other anti-diabetic medication to control
    • Immunosuppression: a weakened immune response due to disease or treatment, including:
      • anyone undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for HIV, genetic disorders of the immune system
      • people receiving long-term medical treatment to control severe inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus
    • Pregnancy: anyone who is currently pregnant
    • Severe mental Illness or substance use disorder requiring a hospital stay during the past year (for example: schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders and others)
    • Severe obesity: a Body Mass Index of 40 kg/m2 or more
    • Severe or profound learning disabilities or severe developmental delay:
      • Including: individuals with Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder and others
      • Not including: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Solid organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients

    Detailed clinical breakdown of these conditions and who is eligible (PDF, 410 KB)

    Confirming eligibility

    Ages 16+ (or born 2005 and earlier)

    • A doctor’s note is not required for individuals 16 years of age or older to get the vaccine. However, you may want to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to help you understand if your condition is on this list.

    Ages 12 to 15 (or born between 2006 and 2009)

    Youth aged 12 to 15 must have:

    • Proof of identity with a birthdate
    • Verbal consent of a parent or guardian present. If a parent or guardian is not present, the youth must have a printed and signed letter of consent from a parent or guardian.

    Information for parents and guardians about the vaccine (PDF, 333 KB)

    Second doses

    • Some profoundly immunocompromised Albertans may be eligible to receive their second dose early. Review the eligible conditions under Follow up: Second dose and call 811 for an assessment.
  • Phase 2C: Started April 12

    Who's eligible in Group C

    • Starting May 4: Teachers, support staff and child care workers:
      • All certified K to 12 teachers actively teaching in public, separate, francophone, charter, private and First Nations schools
      • Substitute teachers, administrators and other certified teachers working in separate roles
      • Support workers such as education assistants, bus drivers and custodians
      • Child care workers and support staff in licensed child care programs such as day care, out of school care, preschool and family day homes
    • Shelter staff and residents
    • Correctional facility staff and inmates
    • Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and all other health care professionals and their office or support staff who provide in-person, direct patient care
    • Individuals working in patient care facilities or providing services directly to clients in the community for Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Alberta Precision Labs, DynaLife, and students undertaking placement practicums in clinical areas
    • Healthcare workers on First Nation reserves and Metis Settlements
    • Workers at meatpacking plants – abattoirs for chicken, pork and beef only
    • Residents and support staff at eligible congregate living settings and workplaces at risk for large outbreaks: front-line policing and provincial sheriffs, front-line disability services workers that support clients in a variety of services and living arrangements, mental health and other types of licensed supportive living
    • Caregivers of Albertans who are most at risk of severe outcomes:
      • Up to 4 designated family/support people of those individuals in long term care, designated supportive living and licensed supportive living facilities
      • Household contacts age 16 and over and caregivers for children 11 and under (born in 2010 or later) who have an eligible chronic condition in Phase 2B but are unable to receive the vaccine due to age
      • Household contacts age 16 and over of eligible profoundly immunocompromised Albertans (see list under Follow up: Second dose)
    • Firefighters and front-line policing and provincial sheriffs who interact with residents at shelters, correctional facilities and remand centres
    • Canada Border Services Agency staff

    How to book

    Bring proof of eligibility and employment to your appointment (see below for details).

    Confirming eligibility

    Eligible workers, as well as designated family/support persons, are required to bring the following to their vaccine appointment:

    • Personal ID that shows birthdate (Driver's Licence or Alberta Health Care Card); and
    • Proof of employment or professional registration
      • For staff of congregate facilities and other eligible workers, proof of employment (such as a letter from their employer) is required.
      • For designated family support persons, a letter from the congregate living facility (for example, group home, speciality schools, etc.) is required.
      • An honour system approach will be used for household contacts of children 11 and under with eligible health conditions in Phase 2B.
      • An honour system will be used for household contacts of profoundly immunocompromised individuals.
      • An honour system will be used for teachers, support staff and child care workers.
      • Meatpacking plant workers will be offered the vaccine at on-site clinics provincewide. Workers who do not receive the vaccine at the plant will receive a letter to present at an AHS immunization clinic or participating pharmacy.
      • Health care staff who work in community practices will be notified of their eligibility through their employer, regulatory college or professional association. See the full list of eligible healthcare workers (PDF, 227 KB).
  • Phase 2D: Started April 30

    Who's eligible in Group D

    • Albertans born 1957 to 1971 (turning 50 to 64).
    • First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) persons born 1972 to 1986 (turning 35 to 49), no matter where they live.
    • Residents of Banff and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo born in 2003 or earlier (turning 18+).

    How to book

    NOTE: Banff and RMWB residents in this cohort can only book through pharmacies or by calling 811 at this time.

  • Phase 2 (AstraZeneca): Started April 6

    Who's eligible for AstraZeneca (based on availability)

    • Albertans born in 1981 or earlier (turning 40+).
    • Residents of Banff and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo born in 1991 or earlier (turning 30+).

    How to book

    AstraZeneca is a safe vaccine proven highly effective in preventing serious illness and death.

    Eligible Albertans in this phase can choose to wait to receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine when it becomes available to them. People with serious chronic health conditions may want to consult their doctor first.

  • Phase 3: Starting May 6

    Who's eligible in Phase 3

    • Every Albertan born in 1991 or earlier (turning 30+), starting May 6
    • Every Albertan born in 2009 or earlier (12+), starting May 10

    How to book

After your vaccine

  • Follow up: Second dose

    Results show the first dose is at least 80% effective in preventing severe illness. The second dose ensures you’re protected for as long as possible. The timing for getting your second dose depends on your health status.

    Most Albertans

    Eligible for your second dose of:

    • Pfizer or Moderna no later than 4 months after the first dose
    • AstraZeneca no later than 4 months and no earlier than 12 weeks after the first dose

    When to book:

    • Bookings for second doses will begin when supply allows, after all Albertans 16 and over have been offered a first dose, likely in late June.
    • Contact your pharmacy or AHS closer to your eligibility date to book your next appointment. Do not try booking in advance.

    Profoundly immunocompromised Albertans

    Eligible for your second dose of:

    • Pfizer or Moderna 21 to 28 days after your first dose
    • AstraZeneca 12 weeks after your first dose

    Eligible conditions:

    • Transplant recipients, including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants.
    • Individuals with malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic malignant solid tumours receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy, radiation therapy or a surgical intervention.
    • Individuals being treated with an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody such as Rituximab.

    How to book:

    • Call 811 for an evaluation of your eligibility and to book your appointment. Do not call a pharmacy or use the AHS online booking tool.
  • Rules for fully vaccinated people

    Until most Albertans are protected, fully vaccinated people must continue following all public health measures: no indoor social gatherings, keep 2 metres apart from others, wear a mask in public, wash your hands, and stay home when sick.

    Once both doses take effect, you are less likely to become severely sick with COVID-19. But we don’t yet know if the vaccine prevents vaccinated people from spreading the virus.

    We must continue reviewing emerging evidence on asymptomatic and variant transmission before we can safely alter public health guidelines.

    We will let Albertans know when rules for fully vaccinated people can be changed.

  • Immunization records

    You will receive an immunization record at your vaccination appointment.

    You can also access immunization records on MyHealth Records.

Not your turn?

Sign up to be notified when it is your turn. You'll get an email when each phase is announced and about timeline changes.

Need time off work?

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

Need a ride?

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

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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

  • If you have questions about the vaccine or your health conditions

Don't get vaccinated

  • Children under 18, unless they have an eligible health condition
  • Severe allergy to vaccine ingredients

Get the facts

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

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

Seniors are at a higher risk from COVID-19. Vaccines help your immune system and fight off disease.

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

All approved vaccines effectively prevent serious illness and death.

Get vaccinated as soon as you can, no matter what vaccine is provided.

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.

  • AstraZeneca (COVISHIELD) vaccine

    The AstraZeneca (COVISHIELD) vaccine is proven highly effective in preventing serious illness and death in adults. It's a good choice for people age 40 and older who are at-risk of severe outcomes and would benefit from getting vaccinated sooner.

    Who should get it

    • Eligible Albertans 40 and older.
      • People with serious chronic health conditions may want to consult their health care provider first.
      • Eligible Albertans can choose to wait until their assigned phase to receive a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine instead.

    Who shouldn't get it

    • Not currently recommended for people under 40, as a precautionary measure at this time.

    Effectiveness

    • Reduces infection by 60-70% and hospitalizations by 80%.
    • May be less effective preventing spread to others, but evidence is still emerging.

    How it works

    • Uses a viral-based vector, a harmless common cold adenovirus, to teach the immune system how to recognize and fight the real virus. It does not use the virus that causes 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 are under investigation in Europe. These are rare and treatable.
      • To date, Alberta has reported 2 cases and one death.
      • The currently reported frequency of blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine ranges from 1 in 25,000 doses in Norway to 1 in 1 million doses in the UK.
  • Moderna and Pfizer vaccines

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

    Who should get it

    • Moderna is approved for people 18 and over
    • Pfizer BioNTech is approved for people 16 and over
    • Due to limited supply, these vaccines are prioritized for people most at risk for severe illness

    Who shouldn't get it

    • Anyone who is pregnant, has an autoimmune disorder or is immunocompromised should consult a doctor first.
    • Effectiveness in younger people has not yet been established.

    Effectiveness

    • Prevents severe illness and death by 80-90%.

    How it works

    • Uses 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.

    Possible side effects

    • Pain at injection site, body chills, feeling tired or feverish are common.
    • Allergic reactions are rare.
    • No major safety concerns have been identified.
  • What's the difference?

    All 3 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:

    • AstraZeneca uses a viral vector vaccine, a harmless common cold adenovirus, to teach immune system how to recognize and fight the real virus. It does not use the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • Moderna and Pfizer use a 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.

    While all 3 vaccines are highly effective, Moderna and Pfizer appear to be slightly more effective than AstraZeneca:

    • Moderna and Pfizer are 80-90% effective in preventing severe illness and death
    • AstraZeneca is about 60-70% effective in reducing infection and 80% effective in preventing severe illness and death. It may be less effective preventing spread to others, but evidence is still emerging.

    At this time:

    • AstraZeneca is being offered to Albertans age 40 and older.
    • Moderna and Pfizer are being prioritized for people most at risk of severe outcomes, due to limited supply.

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.

Approved vaccines

Vaccines approved by Health Canada:

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