Appointments open to all Albertans in Phase 2A and Eligibility for Phases 2B and 2C announced

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Government of Alberta

Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and those around you. All vaccines approved in Canada are safe, effective and help prevent serious illness, hospitalizations and death. 

Book now if you’re eligible

Everyone eligible in Phases 1 and 2A can now get vaccinated: 

  • Albertans born 1956 or earlier
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit people born 1971 or earlier

There are three ways to book your appointment:

  • Contact a participating pharmacy near you 
  • Book online
  • Call 811

AstraZeneca still available

For eligible Albertans wanting to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, there’s a limited supply remaining. 

Call 811 to book if you’re born in the following years: 

  • Albertans born 1957 to 1961
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit people born 1972 to 1976

AstraZeneca is highly effective in preventing serious illness and death in adults 18 to 64.

Eligibility for Phases 2B and 2C announced

More Albertans will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccination soon. Detailed eligibility criteria is now available online for:

Phase 2B: Albertans born 2005 to 1957 with underlying, high-risk health conditions

Phase 2 is broken into 4 groups. Vaccinations for Group B will begin once Group A has been completed. Timelines are subject to change depending on supply. Details on how to get the vaccine will be released prior to each group.

Who's eligible in Group B

Albertans born 2005 to 1957 (16 to 64) with any one of the following high-risk underlying health conditions:

  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen (a missing spleen or a spleen that is no longer working)
  • Cancer (anyone with a new diagnosis of or treatment for all forms of cancer in the last year, except non-invasive skin cancer)
  • Chronic heart disease and vascular disease:
    • Including: congenital heart disease, chronic heart failure, heart or kidney disease from high blood pressure, and a history of a stroke
    • Not including: high blood pressure alone
  • Chronic kidney diseases requiring regular medical monitoring or treatment
  • Chronic Liver disease due to any cause (for example: cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, and hemochromatosis)
  • Chronic neurological disease (for example: epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, MS, muscular dystrophy and dementia)
  • Chronic respiratory (lung) diseases:
    • Including: COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and severe asthma that required an asthma-related emergency department visit or hospital admission in the past year
    • Not including: mild or well-controlled asthma
  • Diabetes requiring insulin or other anti-diabetic medication to control
  • Immunosuppression: a weakened immune response due to disease or treatment, including:
    • anyone undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for HIV, genetic disorders of the immune system
    • people receiving long-term medical treatment to control severe inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus
  • Pregnancy: anyone who is currently pregnant
  • Severe mental Illness or substance use disorder requiring a hospital stay during the past year (for example: schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders and others)
  • Severe obesity: a Body Mass Index of 40 kg/m2 or more
  • Severe or profound learning disabilities or severe developmental delay:
    • Including: individuals with Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder and others
    • Not including: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Solid organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients
  • Detailed clinical breakdown of these conditions and who is eligible (PDF, 410 KB)

Confirming eligibility

  • A doctor’s or pharmacist’s note is not required to get the vaccine. However, you may want to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to help you understand if your condition is on this list.

Phase 2C: Congregate living residents, staff of workplaces at risk of large outbreaks, and caregivers of people at risk of severe illness

Phase 2 is broken into 4 groups. Vaccinations for Group C will begin once Group B has been completed. Timelines are subject to change depending on supply. Details on how to get the vaccine will be released prior to each group.

Who's eligible in Group C

  • Residents and support staff at eligible congregate living and work settings at risk for large outbreaks, including: correctional facilities, front-line policing and provincial sheriffs, homeless shelters, meatpacking plants, and group homes for disability, mental health and other types of licensed supportive living.
  • Health-care workers working in patient care facilities or providing direct patient care in the community, in order to limit spread to high risk individuals, including: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and all other regulated health care professionals and their office or support staff.
  • Anyone working in patient care facilities or providing services directly to clients in the community for Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Alberta Precision Labs, DynaLife, and students undertaking placement practicums in clinical areas.
  • Healthcare workers on First Nation reserves.
  • Caregivers of Albertans who are most at risk of severe outcomes:
    • All designated family/support people of those individuals in long term care, designated supportive living and licensed supportive living facilities.
    • Up to 2 caregivers for children under 16 who have an eligible chronic condition but are unable to receive vaccine due to age.

Confirming eligibility

  • Workers or students eligible in Phase 2C will need to provide personal identification that contains a birth date and proof of employment or professional registration (employee ID card, letter of employment or placement) when booking or attending their appointments with Alberta Health Services or at community pharmacies.
  • Health officials will work with licensed supportive living facilities, pharmacists, and primary care clinicians on the best way to notify and confirm eligibility of caregivers when bookings open.

Find out if you are eligible

 

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