The COVID-19 vaccination is a two dose vaccine. Albertans are now able to schedule second-dose appointments based on when they received their first doses. Anyone vaccinated with their first dose can book an appointment for a second dose once 4 weeks have passed since their first dose.
Albertans who received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine will have a choice to book a second appointment for a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine through one of our pharmacies. It is recommended that individuals wait 8 weeks or more before booking their second dose for maximum effectiveness.
All individuals must show their Alberta Health Care card to be eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine. Don't forget to wear a short sleeve shirt.
Immunocompromised individuals: Immunization for immunocompromised individuals should occur at a time when the individual is most likely to mount an immune response. Physician consultation is recommended regarding the timing of immunization based on the individual’s treatment. Click here to determine if you are eligible.
Additional doses for travel will only be provided to Albertans who are travelling to a jurisdiction that does not accept Covishield/AstraZeneca or mixed doses at this time. Albertans are responsible for planning ahead to ensure they are aware of the travel requirements of where they are travelling to and ensuring they have enough time before travel date to receive any additional doses.
Alberta Health Services, in response to feedback from Albertans, has created a central appointment system in order to streamline access to Covid-19 vaccine appointments. All individual booking platforms through various pharmacies, physician offices and Alberta Health have been consolidated into one platform. Effective August 23, 2021 the new2 Alberta Vaccine Booking System (AVBS) will need to be used and allow Albertans to view vaccine appointment availability across various sites. The AVBS booking page can be accessed through our website using the link below or directly at https://bookvaccine.alberta.ca/vaccine/s/. Once you register yourself, you can pick one of our Calgary Co-op pharmacies to book your appointment.
Walk-in appointments are available at select pharmacies.
Appointments must be booked through Alberta Health Services for patients that have undergone a double mastectomy or have bilateral lymph node damage / removal.
The COVID-19 vaccine cannot be administered within 14 days of any other vaccination. You must wait 28 days or more to receive any other vaccine after receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
In order to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, you must be asymptomatic and not had a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 14 days.
Due to the limited availability of daily doses, you must contact the pharmacy immediately if you cannot make your scheduled appointment.
1. Review what to expect when getting your COVID-19 vaccination:
Before your appointment:
• Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
• Provide the pharmacy with your mobile number so we can page you if we're running behind schedule.
At the pharmacy:
• Be prepared for screening before entering.
• Wear a mask or face covering.
• Wear loose clothing with short sleeves.
• Arrive on time, not early.
• Limit the number of people going with you.
2. Find a safe waiting area post-injection. Patients must remain in the store for 15 minutes post-injection to monitor for anaphylactic reactions.
3. Review post immunization after care guidance instructions:
Individuals who receive COVID-19 vaccination may experience side effects. These reactions are most often mild, develop within 24 hours and could last 24-48 hours.
Side effects may include:
• redness, swelling, or feeling sore where you had the needle
• feeling tired
• fever or chills
• body aches or sore joints
• feeling sick to your stomach (nausea), vomiting (throwing up), or loose stool (diarrhea)
• swollen lymph nodes
Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
We are currently administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine. We will administer the vaccine based on available inventory.
For further information about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit Alberta Health.
• Patients will be asked to sanitize their hands with an alcohol based rub prior to receiving their vaccine.
• Cleaning and disinfection of the immunization area (e.g., chairs, table, door handles) after each patient immunization. NOTE: Households can be immunized together.
• Injecting pharmacists will don protective PPE which includes masks, face shields and gloves.
• Routine environmental cleaning, especially in frequently visited areas (e.g., waiting area door handles, washrooms) and on high-touch surfaces at least twice a day.