Book your COVID-19 vaccination with AHS
Vaccines make our immune systems stronger by building antibodies to help fight and prevent serious disease. Because COVID-19 is a new virus, no one has natural immunity. Getting vaccinated is the most effective means of protecting yourself, your loved ones and the community from COVID-19.
Who should get it?
- Moderna has been tested and approved for people 18 and over
- Pfizer BioNTech is approved for people 12 and over.
Who should consult a doctor first?
- Anyone who is pregnant.
- Anyone who has an autoimmune disorder or is immunocompromised.
- Those with past allergic reactions to vaccines.
- Prevents severe illness and death by 80-90%.
How it works
- Uses mRNA technology to teach cells how to make a protein to activate an immune response and make antibodies to fight the real virus. MRNA is a standard way the body translates instructions into protein building instructions.
- *It does not change your DNA.
Possible side effects
- Pain in your arm, body chills, feeling tired or feverish are common.
- Allergic reactions are rare.
- No major safety concerns have been identified
References and Additional Information
COVID-19 information for health care professionals:
Worker Safety Moment Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Immunization (albertahealthservices.ca)
COVID-19 information for Albertans:
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19:
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions – Public (albertahealthservices.ca)
Stick together, stick with facts:
Comparison of COVID-19, Influenza and common cold:
COVID-19 myth busters:
Long COVID information and resources for health care workers:
How to book COVID-19 Immunization through AHS and Pharmacy:
COVID-19 Immunization Booking | Alberta Health Services
How to access COVID-19 immunization record:
Frequently asked questions about Immunization records:
Vaccine hesitancy research:
Vaccine Hesitancy Handout (alberta.ca)
Addressing vaccine hesitancy in the context of COVID-19: A primer for health care providers – Canada.ca