Ramping up vaccine second doses in Alberta
Effective immediately, every Albertan who received their first dose in April or earlier can book a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Alberta is a national leader in second doses, with 16.7 per cent of the eligible population already fully immunized. Now Alberta’s government is speeding up second-dose appointments ahead of schedule to help protect more people from COVID-19.
Starting June 10, another 650,000 Albertans can start booking appointments through Alberta Health Services (AHS) and participating pharmacies and physician clinics.
“We have made remarkable progress. Albertans have worked incredibly hard to crush the spike and get vaccinated against COVID-19. But we still have work to do. Albertans need to continue to sign up, show up and follow up for all first and second doses so we can finally put this pandemic behind us.”
Jason Kenney, Premier
“This marks another turning point in our vaccine rollout. Second doses are rolling out sooner than we expected and we are getting these vaccines into the arms of Albertans as quickly and safely as possible. If you are not yet eligible, please wait to book your appointment until it is your turn. There will be enough doses for everyone.”
Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
“These vaccines are working, but it takes all of us doing our part and getting both doses. Reducing transmission of COVID-19 in Alberta means eliminating opportunities for spread wherever possible. That is why it is critical that we continue to follow public health measures until everyone who is eligible has a chance to reach full immunity.”
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health
Starting June 10, Albertans who received a first dose in April or earlier can book a second dose through the AHS website, by calling 811 or through participating pharmacies and physician clinics. They do not need to wait to be contacted by a provider first.
Those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca can either:
Book a second appointment for AstraZeneca by going to the online AHS booking site, calling 811 or going to a participating pharmacy listed on the Alberta Blue Cross website.
Book a second appointment for an mRNA vaccine through participating pharmacies or AHS.
Albertans vaccinated in May are currently scheduled to begin booking their second dose starting June 28. The province will continue to accelerate second doses if supply allows.
First doses will continue to be prioritized. Albertans who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine are encouraged to book an appointment as soon as possible.
A single dose of COVID-19 vaccine offers at least 80 per cent protection against severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death. However, second doses are needed to get the best and most long-lasting protection against the virus, including emerging variants.
Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.