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Albertans have been dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 for more than a year. And while the rates of COVID in Alberta are low, we must remain vigilant to protect one another and our healthcare system. It is as important as ever to follow advice from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and to take Guidance and Orders seriously.

Vaccines are a critical way to limit the spread of COVID-19. They are effective and safe for protecting our health, as well as the health of our families and community members. Our goal is to immunize Albertans as safely and effectively as possible. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for MyHealth Records, a secure place to access your personal health data. By signing up for MyHealth Records, you can access the dates and types of vaccines you received.

Albertans who have received a COVID-19 immunization outside of the province, or outside of the country, can upload their immunization records for review and verification through a secure AHS online portal, to then be added to MyHealth Records. This ensures your health record is fully updated and provides an accurate record of who has been immunized. Out-of-province and out-of-country immunization records can be submitted on behalf of yourself or your child / youth under 18 years.

Follow AHS on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates on COVID vaccine availability and other current news.

Albertans have been dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 for more than a year. And while the rates of COVID in Alberta are low, we must remain vigilant to protect one another and our healthcare system. It is as important as ever to follow advice from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and to take Guidance and Orders seriously.

Vaccines are a critical way to limit the spread of COVID-19. They are effective and safe for protecting our health, as well as the health of our families and community members. Our goal is to immunize Albertans as safely and effectively as possible. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for MyHealth Records, a secure place to access your personal health data. By signing up for MyHealth Records, you can access the dates and types of vaccines you received.

Albertans who have received a COVID-19 immunization outside of the province, or outside of the country, can upload their immunization records for review and verification through a secure AHS online portal, to then be added to MyHealth Records. This ensures your health record is fully updated and provides an accurate record of who has been immunized. Out-of-province and out-of-country immunization records can be submitted on behalf of yourself or your child / youth under 18 years.

Follow AHS on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates on COVID vaccine availability and other current news.

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    Regarding myocarditis, the transcript for the Chief Medicall Officer Update on November 23, 2021 reads as follows: "The other information I want to share before getting to today’s numbers is a recommendation we have received from the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization regarding use of the Moderna vaccine in those ages 12 to 29. We have been closely watching our vaccine data and the data from other jurisdictions, and at this point, it seems clear that, while still low, the risk of myocarditis following Moderna vaccine is higher than following Pfizer vaccine in those who are 12 to 29. “As I mentioned, the risk of this outcome is still very small, with approximately one case per 7,000 doses in 12 to 17 year old males – that’s with Pfizer – and one case per 2,000 second doses with Moderna." A search of the AHS website for the Alberta Advisory Committee’s report referred to by the CMHO only revealed an update on myocarditis from October 8, 2021 (https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/health-myocarditis-and-pericarditis-following-covid.pdf) in which it is stated that "the rate of myocarditis after second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is 6.6 per million [doses], while the rate after second dose of Moderna is 8.3 per million [doses].” I have two requests: 1. Please share the direct link to the Alberta Advisory Committee's report cited by the CMHO in her statement on November 23 where it gives to the rate of myocarditis as "one case per 7,000 doses in 12 to 17 year old males – that’s with Pfizer – and one case per 2,000 second doses with Moderna." I am interested in reviewing this report, and since I could not find it, I am asking for your assistance in getting a copy. 2. Please explain how, between October 8 and November 23, the rate of myocarditis increased so dramatically from one case per 8.3 million doses (Pfizer) and one case per 6.6 million doses (Moderna), to one case per 7000 doses (Pfizer) and one case per 2000 doses (Moderna), respectively. It is very surprising to see the risk of myocarditis in this age group increase over 1,000 fold over such a short time period and I am interested in what may be the cause of this sudden change in the numbers. Perhaps I have misunderstood the data provided by the CMHO in both instances and so I would appreciate some clarity on this situation.

    Dr. Lyne asked 7 days ago

    Thank you for your questions. Dr Hinshaw recently sent an update to physicians on myocarditis and vaccines: COVID-19 Myocarditis Preferential Recommendation Ages 12-29 (alberta.ca). Please review the document, along with the supporting documentation available through the references on pages 5 and 6, a it will hopefully address your questions.

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    Canada claims a 0.008% adverse event rate with the investigational vaccines. Yet, in its 6-month trial results report, Pfizer reports a Severe Adverse Effect (SAE) rate of 0.7%. And since Pfizer designed its trials to show relative risk reduction (in a healthy population, rather than a trial population more representative of those most vulnerable to C19) and nothing more, it is highly likely that the rate of adverse events is considerably higher than those reported in their trial results. Nonetheless, when comparing Canada to adverse event reports in the US and EU, Canada's rate appears surprisingly low. Actually, the AE rate appears suspiciously low. Why is that?

    tiredofthelies asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question. All adverse reactions to vaccinations in Canada are tracked and monitored, as per provincial law, by healthcare professionals (learn more here). Information about all adverse events from immunization and vaccine safety is available on Health Canada’s website and is updated weekly. Alberta Health also reports on adverse reactions in Alberta.

    Other jurisdictions, and indeed the manufacturers of vaccines, have different definitions of Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI). For example, Pfizer includes fever in their list of adverse reactions, while Health Canada does not consider mild fever a serious side effects. We therefore can’t make a straight comparison of statistics between different rates of risk.

    Furthermore, all AEFI’s reported in Canada as serious are carefully reviewed to determine if they are related to the vaccine, or other reasons. Other jurisdictions report all suspected cases of AEFI, but do not look at each case individually and remove those cases that are determined to be unrelated. 

    Please see these statements from Alberta Health and Health Canada for more information.

    AHS Provincial Communicable Disease Control Program

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    Have you done any testing on patients for how their white/red blood cell counts are after two weeks of receiving the vaccines? Also have you done the D Dimer tests on your patients to check for microclotting as the vaccines that have caused deaths to patients and a friend of mine who passed away 3 days after their second dose from a stroke. They were only 35 and were healthy. Can you explain this?

    Olan asked 28 days ago

    Thank you for your question. No, AHS is not routinely testing white/red blood cell counts after vaccination. There are standard medical guidelines for dealing with patients who present to hospital with suspected blood clotting issues for any reason.

    We are not able to comment on individual cases

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    When do you anticipate that 69 year old's will be eligible for the Covid-19 booster shot? I want to get it before we travel in January.

    CarolA asked 6 days ago

    At this time, third / additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available for eligible groups, including Albertans 70 and older. Additional doses are not recommended or available for the general population. Vaccines continue to provide strong protection against severe outcomes for the general population.

    Alberta Health will continue to monitor data and expert advice in this area, and increase eligibility if required.

    Albertans may be eligible for up to two additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to meet international travel requirements. Please research and understand which COVID-19 vaccines are accepted at your destination. No proof of travel is required for booking an appointment nor are there restrictions on type of travel.

    Learn more here.

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    Year to date (October 2021), Ichor blood services has now resulted 5,527 tests, with 43% of 3,691 unvaccinated clients testing positive for antibodies, and 47% of 1,523 undisclosed status clients also testing positive for antibodies. These antibody levels are showing high concentrations that are equal in comparison to vaccinated people. The information also shows that natural antibodies are lasting as long if not longer that the antibodies produced by vaccine. To me this would show that natural antibodies are as effective. With the rates of severe reaction to the vaccines being significant (I have 2 close personal friends who have been permanently harmed as a direct result of vaccine), why is it being forced upon us if we already have the antibodies?

    Heater01 asked about 1 month ago

    The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is an external advisory body that provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) independent, ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice in response to questions relating to immunization. Natural immunity is being reviewed by NACI, we are anticipating updated information in the near future.

    In the mean time, please review this World Health Organization scientific brief on natural immunity, which outlines limitations to current evidence regarding the efficacy and longevity of protection from previous infection (i.e. natural immunity): WHO-2019-nCoV-Sci-Brief-Natural-immunity-2021.1-eng.pdf

    There is no indication that those who have had COVID-19 will have a severe reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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    Why is there no capacity limits to hockey games or concerts? Only households?

    RodneyBo asked 29 days ago

    The Albertan government - Alberta Health - sets policy and makes legislative decisions, such as setting the public health guidelines, including restrictions with respect to business openings and public gatherings. Visit Alberta Health to learn more.

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    Why are we not using monoclonal antibodies more often? Last I saw anything on this topic it stated Canada had received 6000 doses and was due to receive 3000 more in October… for ALL of Canada! Why is everything only vaccine, vaccine, vaccine?

    Tired asked about 1 month ago

    Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health are rolling out the administration of Sotrovimab, a new monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 that was recently approved by Health Canada. Health Canada has authorized the sale of this drug based on limited clinical testing in humans and/or quality information. The program is being rolled out and we will expand eligibility as more information is available. Learn more about Outpatient Treatment for COVID-19.

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    When do you anticipate your research into if natural immunity will be considered equal to being fully vaccinated will be complete? Also of your total updated daily covid cases reported by AHS, do you know how many of these cases had previously had covid?

    Mar asked about 1 month ago

    The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is an external advisory body that provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) independent, ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice in response to questions relating to immunization. Natural immunity is being reviewed by NACI, we are anticipating updated information in the near future.

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    Currently in the U.K., the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, which is a governmental advisory body whose purview is the implementation of state-sponsored vaccination programs, has expressly declined to endorse the mass vaccination of Britons aged 12 to 15. Their reasoning is that children and adolescents in that age cohort are at so little risk of harm from COVID infection that vaccinating them would make no sense, either medically or financially. Meanwhile, in Canada and the United States, the eventual compelled vaccination of children against COVID-19 looks suspiciously like a fait accompli. So my question is, how is it possible that two different groups of credentialed scientists, considering the same sets of information about the same health crisis, have come to radically different conclusions about the vaccination of a defined cohort of people? Are the U.K. guys spreading misinformation? I would really like to hear your opinion on this.

    Ian Coleman. asked about 1 month ago

    The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is an external advisory body that provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) independent, ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice in response to questions relating to immunization. Based on recommendations from NACI, Health Canada has authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine made for children aged 5 to 11. We cannot comment on the research and reviews conducted in other jurisdictions, but invite you to review the Health Canada website Vaccines for children for further details on how vaccines are studied and tested for children and youth in Canada.

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    How can Health Canada approve a shot for 5 to 11 year olds at one third the potency of the shot 12 year olds receive? Either the 11 year old will lack protection or the 12 year old is getting far to significant a dose it would seem. How does Health Canada account for differences in child weight or muscle mass at the injection site and the impact that has on distribution of mrna in the body? Why is there not rigorous efforts made to personalize this medical intervention?

    Noon asked about 1 month ago

    Health Canada has authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine made for children aged 5 to 11.

    This vaccine for children has a smaller dose than the vaccine for those 12 years of age and older. This is because healthy children have a strong immune system compared to youth and adults. In clinical trials, lower doses provided children with very good protection against COVID-19.

    Please refer to the Health Canada website Vaccines for children for further details on how vaccines are studied and tested for children and youth.