Immunization - Booking Your Appointment

COVID-19

Last Updated: May 17, 2021

Vaccine Booking

Current Groups Eligible for Appointments

How to Book an Appointment

How to Modify / Cancel Your Appointment

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.

Health Link

  • If you have booked through Health Link call 811.

Pharmacies

  • Contact the pharmacy directly you have booked with to cancel or modify an appointment.

Homebound Individuals

  • AHS is providing COVID-19 immunization to homebound Albertans, as vaccine supply allows.
  • Homebound is defined as anyone who is physically unable to leave their home, such as for medical or personal appointments.
  • AHS will reach out to eligible Home Care clients directly in the coming weeks. You do not need to book an appointment.
  • If you have questions about your eligibility, or the COVID-19 vaccine, please reach out to your case manager directly.
  • If you think you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at home but you are not a Home Care client, please call Health Link at 811.
  • Health Link staff will do an initial screening to check your eligibility. The Zone teams will then follow up with you to do a second eligibility check and book your COVID-19 immunization.
  • Only homebound individuals are eligible to be immunized through this program, at this time.
  • We encourage caregivers, spouses, other household and family members to get immunized as soon as they are eligible, at a participating pharmacy or AHS immunization site.

Individuals Needing Transportation Support

  • We are encouraging a community approach to transport. In addition to encouraging family and friends to support Albertans who need transportation to receive the vaccine. AHS is also working with several agencies across 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 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 16-week (four month) 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. Even if it will be more than 16-weeks (four months) between doses, you do not have to restart the two dose series. It is recommended that you receive your second dose as soon as you become eligible.
  • If you want your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and you are from out of province, all Canadian citizens are able to receive their first dose of vaccine, no matter where in Canada they reside.
  • All those people who are in living, working or going to school in Alberta can get the COVID-19 vaccine if they are born in 2009 or earlier. An Alberta health Care card is not required in order to get the vaccine.
  • Given the high rate of COVID-19 incidence in the province, removing the three-month requirement will ensure that those who are temporarily in the province have access to the vaccine that is available to all people in Canada.

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.

Can Family Members Book Appointments at the Same Time?

  • AHS has made enhancements to the online booking tool to allow other eligible family members to book vaccines at the same time. The tool will provide options for eligible Albertans to book appointments at the same time and at the same clinic for up to three additional family members.

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 driver's license, Social Insurance Number, birth certificate, or passport.
  • Please wear clothing that will easily allow access to your upper arm for receiving the immunization.

Required Identification & Documents

  • You must bring one piece of identification that proves your age to your appointment. This could include your Alberta Health Care card, a driver's license, Social Insurance Number, birth certificate, or passport.

Youths Under the Age of 18

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Vaccine Administration

  • The vaccine will be provided to eligible individuals in two doses.
  • As of March 10, Alberta is providing second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine up to four months (16 weeks) after the first dose.
  • This aligns with the approach recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)
  • Anyone who received their first dose prior to March 10 will still receive their second dose within 42 days. All existing appointments for second doses will be honoured.
  • From March 10 going forward, first and second dose appointments will be booked separately. Your pharmacy or AHS will contact you close to your eligibility date for the second dose appointment.
  • See Getting a Vaccine for more information.

Second Dose

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.

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. Your pharmacy or AHS will contact you close to your eligibility date for the second dose appointment. All bookings made starting March 10 will be on the 16-week protocol. Please do not try to book in advance.

After receiving a first dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine at an Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) immunization site or participating pharmacy, you can get your second dose from a different approved source. We ask that you bring your proof of immunization/immunization record to the second appointment.

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 12 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: Recommended to wait 12 weeks after your first dose for maximum benefit, based on currently available data*. However, if an individual in this group wishes to receive a dose sooner, they may choose to do so as early as 28 days after the first dose.

    * Single dose efficacy 76% up to 90 days, second dose at 6 weeks or less: 55% efficacy, second dose at 12 weeks or more: 81% efficacy (Voysey, et al. 2021. Single-dose administration and the influence of the timing of the booster dose on immunogenicity and efficacy of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine: a pooled analysis of four randomised trials. The Lancet. 397:10277(P881-891))

Eligible conditions:

  • Transplant recipients, including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants.
  • Individuals with malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic malignant solid tumors 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 book your appointment. Do not call a pharmacy or use the AHS online booking tool. Health Link 811 is the only way to book a second dose.

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.