Alberta / covid 19

BA.4 and BA. 5 COVID-19 bivalent vaccine available soon

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BA.4 and BA. 5 COVID-19 bivalent vaccine available soon

Albertans 12 years of age and older will soon have an additional COVID-19 vaccine choice.

Beginning Oct. 24, the bivalent Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster, which includes the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, will be available in Alberta for those 12 years and older.

This is in addition to the currently available bivalent Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which includes the BA.1 subvariant. These vaccines are available on a voluntary basis.

“We recognize that many Albertans are looking to receive their COVID-19 booster dose as we head into the fall and winter. As BA.4 and BA.5 are the prevalent strains in Alberta at this time, we are pleased to offer this additional option.”

Jason Copping, Minister of Health


Booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Starting Oct. 24, appointments will be available through the Alberta Vaccine Booking System at bookvaccine.alberta.ca, through participating pharmacies or by calling Health Link at 811.

If your local pharmacy is not listed in the booking system, contact them directly or visit bluecross.ca to find a pharmacy near you.

Individuals five years of age and older can get their influenza vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine, including boosters, at the same time. In most cases, separate appointments are not needed.

It is recommended that children six months to four years of age wait 14 days between receiving their COVID-19 vaccine and influenza vaccine or routine childhood vaccines.  

Individuals with questions about whether they should receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster based on their personal medical history, age or other risk factors should discuss them with their family physician.

Related information

Book your Alberta vaccination (COVID-19 and influenza)

COVID-19 vaccine information

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