Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
For the COVID-19 vaccines approved 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.
Visit alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx for more information.
ahs.ca/covid for more information, including information about isolation and quarantine.
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
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.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before you get a COVID-19 vaccine, 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'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 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 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 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 had contact with COVID-19 or have symptoms, take the COVID-19 Self-Assessment at
Current as of: April 14, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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