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All Albertans aged 12+ now eligible for second doses (video)

Provincial Press Release June 18, 2021 @ 1:24 pm published 2:39 pm

Effective immediately, anyone who received their first mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) dose in May or earlier can book their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Alberta continues to lead the way in administering second doses in Canada, with more than 25 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated. Alberta’s government is speeding up second doses by opening up appointments for all Albertans.

Anyone who received a first mRNA dose in June can also now book their second dose once four weeks have passed since their first shot. This means that more than 983,000 Albertans can book second appointments through Alberta Health Services (AHS) and participating pharmacies and physician clinics.

“This is a big day as we clear another hurdle on the way to the finish line here in Alberta. We have kept our commitment of getting Albertans their first dose by the end of June, and are fully protecting Albertans with second doses well ahead of schedule. Those who have gotten their vaccine are not only winners in the battle against COVID-19, but might also win big in the Open for Summer Lottery.” Jason Kenney, Premier

“Vaccines are safe and effective, and as we can see from the numbers who have followed up with their second doses, Albertans know it. If you haven’t yet received a first dose or booked your second appointment, please do it now – it’s the right thing to do and it gives you a chance to win the Open for Summer Lottery.” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“Vaccines are the best defence we have against COVID-19 and its variants. The best thing you can do to protect your health and the health of those around you is to get fully vaccinated with two doses. Please continue to enjoy the summer safely, and remember that the choices we make now will determine what kind of fall is to come.” Dr. André Corriveau, deputy chief medical officer of health

Booking second-dose appointments

Albertans who had their first immunization with Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA vaccine) four weeks ago or more can book their second dose through the Alberta Health Services online booking tool, by calling Health Link at 811 or through participating physicians’ offices or pharmacies. To find the closest pharmacy with the earliest available booking date, check the list at Alberta Blue Cross.

Albertans who received a first dose of AstraZeneca should continue to wait a minimum of eight weeks before booking their second dose to ensure best effectiveness. Appointments can be booked through Alberta Health Services by calling 811.

First doses are being prioritized. Albertans who have not yet received their first dose of vaccine can still book an appointment and we urge them to do so. Plus, if you receive a first dose and register at before 11:59 p.m. on June 24, you’re eligible to win $1 million through Alberta’s Open for Summer Lottery.

Online tool for those vaccinated out of province

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is offering a new, secure web-based portal for Albertans to enter any out-of-province and out-of-country COVID-19 immunizations they’ve received to their health records.

People can submit out-of-province or out-of-country immunization records on behalf of themselves or their child/youth under 18 years of age. Records will be reviewed by AHS and verified information will be available within two to three weeks on an individual’s MyHealthRecords account.

Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with targeted measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.

Quick facts

  • More than 3.6 million doses of vaccine have now been administered across the province.

  • To be eligible for the Open for Summer Lottery, you must:

    • Opt in by registering at

    • Reside in Alberta at the time of entry and draw.

    • Be 18 years of age and older.

    • Be able to provide proof of receiving your first dose of an approved vaccine for the first draw, and both first and second doses for the second and third draws.

    • Please visit the website for a complete list of rules.

  • Any Albertan 18 or older who received approved vaccines out of province is also eligible for the lottery, provided they have submitted proof of vaccination to AHS and meet all other eligibility criteria.


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