Vaccine

COVID-19

Last Updated: March 3, 2021

Vaccine Booking

Vaccinating Those Born in 1946 or Earlier

  • In conjunction with Alberta Health, AHS will begin rolling out COVID-19 vaccine February 24 to all individuals born in 1946 or earlier.
  • The online tool went go live at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24.
  • The first appointment will be 11 a.m. in all zones, with the exception of Edmonton, that will have their first appointment at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.
  • Phase 1B also includes First Nations, Métis and persons 65 years of age and over living in a First Nations community or Metis Settlement. Those living on-reserve and on-settlement will receive their vaccine through their community health staff. Please reach out to your community leaders and see the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ for more information. Please do not use the online booking tool to make your appointment.
  • View next phases of the provincial rollout.

Home Bound Individuals / Those Needing Transportation Support

  • We are encouraging a community approach to transport. In addition to encouraging family and friends to support a senior needing transportation to receive the vaccine, AHS is currently working with several agencies in all zones throughout the province to ensure all Albertans are able to get the vaccine safely through assistance with transportation, or other arrangements when an individual is unable to leave their home.
  • Once an individual has booked an appointment, and has the time and location of their appointment, they can reach out to 211 if required to learn about and get connected to available transportation supports.

Out Of Province / Out Of Country Eligibility

  • For individuals that have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine outside of Alberta, you can receive your second dose of vaccine when you become eligible, even if that is after the recommended 42 day window.
  • This aligns with the approach recommended by Alberta Health and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
  • Please ensure you have a record of your first immunization on hand when you arrive to receive your second dose.
  • There is no maximum spacing for receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and even if it will be more than 42 days between doses, you do not have to restart the two dose series. You are recommended to have your second dose as soon as you become eligible.
  • If you are wanting your first dose of vaccine and are from out of province, all Canadian citizens are able to receive their first dose of vaccine when they are eligible, no matter where in Canada they reside.
  • All individuals who are living, working, going to school or visiting in Alberta for three months or longer are eligible to receive the vaccine as long as they are in the sequenced group.

Can I Bring a Support Person with Me to My Appointment?

  • Yes, for eligible Albertans that require assistance, we will make every effort for one support person to accompany you during your appointment, physical distancing and space permitting.
  • A support person can be a spouse, family member, friend or caregiver. Support people must adhere to public health measures while at the clinic, including hand hygiene, continuous masking and physical distance from others.

Accompanying Someone To Appointment, Why Can’t I Get My Vaccine?

  • At this time, due to the limited amount of vaccine, we are limiting appointments to those within the eligibility groups to ensure we have enough vaccine to protect the groups at highest risk of severe outcomes.
  • It is anticipated that more individuals will be able to be vaccinated in the coming months, as more vaccine supply becomes available. View next phases of the provincial rollout.

Spouses Under 75 & Other Household Members

  • Spouses and other household members who were born after 1946 (are younger than 75) are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. They will be eligible in subsequent phases of the provincial rollout.

What to Expect At the Clinic

  • When arriving at the clinic, we encourage everyone to wait in their cars until just before their appointment time.
  • Each appointment is booked approximately 10 minutes apart.
  • It is anticipated that each individual will be at the vaccine clinic for approximately 20-25 minutes which includes the monitoring time after the vaccine is given.
  • A waiting room is available for individuals to sit after their vaccination.
  • Our clinics are wheelchair accessible and staff will be on-hand to assist individuals that require help.
  • Each vaccine clinic has a wheelchair accessible washroom onsite.
  • Please bring one piece of identification with you, which could include your Alberta Health Care card, a drivers license, Social Insurance Number, birth certificate, or passport.
  • Please wear clothing that will easily allow access to your upper arm for receiving the immunization.

How to Book an Appointment – Two Options

Online Tool

  • As of February 24 at 8 a.m., individuals in Alberta can book an appointment to receive the vaccine through the AHS online booking tool, which can be found on the AHS website at ahs.ca/covidvaccine.
  • The online tool will provide eligible Albertans available options for an appointment date and time, as well as a window in which to book their second dose within the recommended guideline of 38 to 42 days.
  • Friends or family members are able to help book these appointments through either a desktop computer, or through their hand held device.
  • Family members need to have the individual’s Alberta Health Care number on hand to book this appointment.

Health Link - 811

  • As another option, individuals can also call Health Link at 811 to book their appointment.
  • Health Link staff can help you book both the first and second immunization appointment within the recommended timeframe.

How to Modify / Cancel Your Appointment – Two Options

Online Tool

  • Go to ahs.ca/updatebooking. You will need your postal code as well as the confirmation code from your appointment confirmation email.

Using Your Confirmation Email

  • At the bottom of your appointment confirmation email, click on the link to modify your appointment.
  • You can modify your booking up to one hour before the appointment.
  • You cannot cancel your second dose appointment online if you have already received your first dose. Please call Health Link at 811 or your nearest Public Health Clinic.

Expansion of Second Dose Immunization Window

Starting March 10, all current Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines will be provided to Albertans in a 16-week (4 month) timeline between the first and second dose. This is in alignment with current National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations.

If you booked your appointment BEFORE March 10:

  • Anyone who has booked their immunization before March 10 will be immunized within a 42-day window.
  • All existing appointments for second doses will be honoured and will be provided within 42 days.

If you book your appointment March 10 and going forward:

  • Starting March 10, all individuals that call Health Link, or go online to the AHS online COVID-19 immunization booking tool, will be able to book their first dose only. Individuals will receive a reminder from AHS at a later date, by text message, email or automated call, of when to book their second dose appointment.
  • All bookings made starting March 10 will be on the 16-week protocol.

Pharmacies

  • A limited number of participating pharmacies will be helping deliver the vaccine to individuals in the weeks to come. Bookings will be handled directly by the pharmacies through their own booking system. More information on this will be shared as details become available.

Government-Issued ID Required With Proof of Age

  • Please bring one piece of government-issued identification that proves your age, which could include your Alberta Health Care card, a driver’s license, Social Insurance Number, birth certificate, or passport.
  • Anyone born in 1946 or earlier is eligible.
  • You do not have to be 75 years of age at the time of your appointment. If you were born In 1946 or earlier, You are eligible.

Vaccine Administration

  • The vaccine will be provided to individuals born in 1946 or earlier in two doses. These doses will be approximately 5 – 6 weeks apart.
  • This aligns with the approach recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)

Questions

For questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, please refer to the following resources:

You may also call Health Link at 811 to speak with a registered nurse. We anticipate high demand for appointments in the coming days and wait times may be longer than normal. We thank you for your patience.