This includes 89.7 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older who have received one dose, 85.7 per cent aged 12 and older who have received two doses, and 158,000 children aged five to 11 who have received their first dose of pediatric vaccine.

With the arrival of the Omicron variant, and increased booster eligibility for all Albertans aged 18 and older, vaccine demand has surged. Since Dec. 7, thanks to the widespread availability through Alberta Health Services and community pharmacies, more than 1.2 million third doses have been administered.

All Albertans are encouraged to get whichever dose of vaccine they are eligible for in order to further protect themselves and keep Alberta’s health-care system from being overwhelmed.

“I am proud that AHS and pharmacies have responded to the increased demand for vaccine by quickly and safely delivering doses to the Albertans who need them. Vaccines are an important part of our efforts to prevent hospitals and ICUs from being overwhelmed with new cases of COVID-19, so it is critical that every Albertan continues to get each dose they are eligible for.”

Jason Copping, Minister of Health

Book your vaccine

Based on current evidence, it appears that vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infection wanes over time, particularly with the Omicron variant. Individual protection against severe outcomes remains strong after two doses for most, however, a third dose strengthens protection against both infection and severe outcomes.

Everyone 18 years and older can book appointments for a booster dose of mRNA vaccine at least five months after receiving their second dose. Albertans 12 years and older who are immunocompromised can also book an appointment for a booster but must wait at least eight weeks after their second dose.

First and second doses continue to be available across the province. Book online with Alberta Health Services and participating pharmacies by using the Alberta vaccine booking system. Albertans can also call 811or participating pharmacies.