All 12+ Albertans Can Soon Book Their Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Alberta is reducing the interval between the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and expanding its rollout of second-dose COVID-19 vaccines, starting immediately.

Premier Jason Kenney says anyone who received their first dose in March can now book a second shot.

Anyone vaccinated in April can start booking June 14.

Those vaccinated in May can start booking June 28.

 

Vaccine interval:

Alberta will now offer second-dose appointments at progressively earlier intervals, provided the vaccine supply remains stable.

  • For Pfizer and Moderna, the interval will be lowered over time to a minimum of three to four weeks as supply becomes available and we work through the eligible groups.
  • For AstraZeneca, the interval will be lowered over time to a minimum recommended length of eight weeks or more for best effectiveness.

How to book a second-dose appointment

According to the news release, AHS and participating pharmacies that administered the first dose will contact Albertans to remind them they are eligible for their second dose.

However, Albertans do not need to wait to be contacted to book an appointment once they become eligible and can choose to book a second dose wherever they wish to be immunized.

Appointments for second doses can be made online through the AHS website, by calling 811 or through participating pharmacies and physicians’ offices. Second doses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

AstraZeneca

Albertans who received an AstraZeneca dose in March or earlier can now book second-dose appointments. Anyone who received it in April or May should wait until eight weeks have passed since their first dose before booking.

Albertans who received a first dose of AstraZeneca will have a choice:

  • book a second appointment for AstraZeneca by going to the online AHS booking site, calling 811, or going to a pharmacy listed on the Alberta Blue Cross website
  • book a second appointment for an mRNA vaccine through participating pharmacies or AHS

Alberta says bookings for first doses remain the top priority and Albertans who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine protection are encouraged to book an appointment as soon as possible.

Alberta has administered more than 2.8 million doses to date and 63.4 per cent of Albertans aged 12-plus having received at least one dose. Alberta is leading the nation with 10.4 per cent of eligible Albertans fully vaccinated with two doses.

— With Files From The Canadian Press

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