Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
COVID-19 vaccines protect against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (also known as COVID-19). COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has caused a worldwide pandemic. The virus causes an infection in the lungs and airways and is a type of respiratory illness. Go to
ahs.ca/covid to learn more about COVID-19.
You should get a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re age 12 years or older. Everyone is at risk of COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are free.
Yes, you can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. When you’re pregnant, you have a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy lowers your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
For the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada, you need 1 or 2 doses. The number of doses depends on the vaccine you get. If you get a vaccine that needs 2 doses, your healthcare provider will let you know when you should get your second dose.
alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx for more information.
If you’re healthy and get all the doses you need, the protection for COVID-19 is about:
What if I got the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine as my first dose?
ahs.ca/covidvaccine to find out where and when you can get a COVID-19 vaccine.
There can be side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It’s important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you’ll get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
Rare events after getting the AstraZeneca/COVISHEILD vaccine
There have been very rare reports of blood clots, low levels of platelets (these help your blood to clot), and bleeding after getting the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine.
You may not be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
Be sure to talk to your doctor
before you get a COVID-19 vaccine, if you:
Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you've had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that’s caused a worldwide pandemic. The virus causes an infection in the lungs and airways and is a type of respiratory illness. Symptoms may include:
Most people have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. But if you’re an older adult or have other health problems, you can get very sick and may need care in a hospital. In serious cases, COVID-19 can cause a type of lung infection called pneumonia. Pneumonia makes it hard to breathe without help and can even lead to death.
ahs.ca/covid for a list of all symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.
How does it spread? COVID-19 spreads:
It’s important to know that you and others can spread COVID-19 before symptoms start.
ahs.ca/covid to find out more.
How can I prevent COVID-19 from spreading? To prevent COVID-19 from spreading:
If you think you’ve had contact with COVID-19 or have symptoms, take the COVID-19 Self-Assessment at
Current as of: July 7, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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