Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
The COVID-19 vaccine protects against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (also known as COVID-19).
You should get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re age 16 years and older.
Everyone is at risk of COVID-19. The vaccine is very important for people who are more likely to be in contact with the virus because of where they work or live. This includes healthcare providers and people who live in a care facility, such as a nursing home.
It’s also important for people who have a high risk of complications from COVID-19 to get the vaccine.
This includes people who:
The vaccine is free and will be offered to everyone over the age of 16 years. The vaccine will be offered first to:
ahs.ca/covidvaccine to find out when you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
You need 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. When you get the second dose depends on the vaccine supply at the time.
Your healthcare provider will let you know when you need your second dose. You need both doses to make sure you have the best protection against COVID-19.
alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx for more information.
There are 2 COVID-19 vaccines available in Alberta. Other COVID-19 vaccines may be approved in the coming months.
They all protect against the COVID-19 virus but they’re made by different companies.
If you’re healthy and get both doses, the protection for COVID-19 is about 94% to 95%, 7 to 14 days after you get the second dose.
It’s still important to practice the recommended public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, even if you’ve had the vaccine. This includes:
ahs.ca/covid for more information, including information about isolation and quarantine.
ahs.ca/covidvaccine to find out where and when you can get the 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.
Wait at least 28 days after you have all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before you:
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
Talk to your doctor to find out if the vaccine is right for you if you:
There isn’t enough evidence to know if the vaccine is safe and protects against COVID-19 in these groups.
Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you have had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus responsible for a worldwide pandemic. The virus affects the lungs and airways (also called a respiratory illness). Symptoms may include:
Most people have only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. But some people, such as seniors and adults with other health problems, can get very sick and may need care in a hospital. In serious cases, COVID-19 can cause a lung infection (called pneumonia), that 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 COVID-19 can spread 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 been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, take the COVID-19 Self-Assessment at
Current as of: February 5, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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