Expanding COVID-19 booster choices for those 18+
Expanded availability of a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine will provide Albertans with more choices about increasing their protection against COVID-19 based on their personal risk factors.
Albertans can expect to see periods of increased transmission of COVID-19 through the summer and into the fall and winter, along with other respiratory diseases like influenza.
The Omicron BA.5 variant is the most common strain in Alberta right now. Data suggests that this variant is more transmissible but does not indicate an increased risk of severe outcomes. Expanding the availability of second COVID-19 booster doses will give at-risk Albertans more choices about increasing their protection during this period of increased community transmission.
Starting July 20, Albertans 18 years of age and older can choose to book appointments for a second booster dose of mRNA vaccine five months or more after receiving their first booster dose. This dose is of most benefit to those at high risk of severe outcomes.
“As we continue to live with COVID, vaccines remain critical to lowering your risk of severe outcomes and protecting our health-care system. Albertans are encouraged to continue to get their first booster and to consider their unique circumstances when making choices about second booster.”
Jason Copping, Minister of Health
“We know that new variants of the COVID-19 virus will continue to emerge, and the best form of defence continues to be prevention. I urge all Albertans who have not already done so to access their first booster dose to help lower their risk of infection and severe outcomes and to carefully consider their own risk factors when making choices about when to get a second booster of COVID-19 vaccine. ”
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health
Booking a second booster dose
Starting July 20, Albertans 18 years and older can book appointments for second booster doses five months after receiving their last dose. Book online by using the Alberta vaccine booking system or by calling 811. Select pharmacies will be accepting walk-in appointments.
It is also recommended to wait at least three months after a COVID-19 infection before getting a booster dose.
Janssen booster doses
Albertans who have received one dose of Janssen at least two months ago are now eligible for a booster dose. Due to limited supply, appointments can only be booked by calling 811.
Visit alberta.ca/vaccine for more details on primary series and booster doses.