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AHS continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta as we seek to care for and protect patients and their families, along with our staff, physicians and volunteers.

AHS strongly encourages all staff and visitors attending any of our facilities to mask, stay home when ill, and continue to practice diligent hand hygiene. 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.

Find the latest information about COVID-19 - including information about testing, getting test results, getting healthy after COVID-19, visitation restrictions, schools, business and more here: COVID-19 Information for Albertans.

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

AHS continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta as we seek to care for and protect patients and their families, along with our staff, physicians and volunteers.

AHS strongly encourages all staff and visitors attending any of our facilities to mask, stay home when ill, and continue to practice diligent hand hygiene. 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.

Find the latest information about COVID-19 - including information about testing, getting test results, getting healthy after COVID-19, visitation restrictions, schools, business and more here: COVID-19 Information for Albertans.

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

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  • Share Which clinics have Novavax shots? on Facebook Share Which clinics have Novavax shots? on Twitter Share Which clinics have Novavax shots? on Linkedin Email Which clinics have Novavax shots? link

    Which clinics have Novavax shots?

    Debs asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for reaching out. The latest influenza and COVID-19 information – including where to access immunization - is always available at the following webpages:

    There’s also vaccine information here: Immunization (alberta.ca).

    You could also call the Health Link number (811) for further assistance.

  • Share I am travelling to East Asia for work in late-Sept, 2023 (too early for fall 2023 booster rollouts) so would like to receive an available (albeit older) Novavax booster to protect my health while out-of-country. I will be in East Asia for 10 days. To date, I have had all available mRNA series and bivalent boosters (last one in Dec 2022) and have not contracted Covid-19 to my knowledge. I am not immunocompromised nor am I elderly, although I have inhaler-managed asthma. Thanks in advance for a timely response with recommendations. on Facebook Share I am travelling to East Asia for work in late-Sept, 2023 (too early for fall 2023 booster rollouts) so would like to receive an available (albeit older) Novavax booster to protect my health while out-of-country. I will be in East Asia for 10 days. To date, I have had all available mRNA series and bivalent boosters (last one in Dec 2022) and have not contracted Covid-19 to my knowledge. I am not immunocompromised nor am I elderly, although I have inhaler-managed asthma. Thanks in advance for a timely response with recommendations. on Twitter Share I am travelling to East Asia for work in late-Sept, 2023 (too early for fall 2023 booster rollouts) so would like to receive an available (albeit older) Novavax booster to protect my health while out-of-country. I will be in East Asia for 10 days. To date, I have had all available mRNA series and bivalent boosters (last one in Dec 2022) and have not contracted Covid-19 to my knowledge. I am not immunocompromised nor am I elderly, although I have inhaler-managed asthma. Thanks in advance for a timely response with recommendations. on Linkedin Email I am travelling to East Asia for work in late-Sept, 2023 (too early for fall 2023 booster rollouts) so would like to receive an available (albeit older) Novavax booster to protect my health while out-of-country. I will be in East Asia for 10 days. To date, I have had all available mRNA series and bivalent boosters (last one in Dec 2022) and have not contracted Covid-19 to my knowledge. I am not immunocompromised nor am I elderly, although I have inhaler-managed asthma. Thanks in advance for a timely response with recommendations. link

    I am travelling to East Asia for work in late-Sept, 2023 (too early for fall 2023 booster rollouts) so would like to receive an available (albeit older) Novavax booster to protect my health while out-of-country. I will be in East Asia for 10 days. To date, I have had all available mRNA series and bivalent boosters (last one in Dec 2022) and have not contracted Covid-19 to my knowledge. I am not immunocompromised nor am I elderly, although I have inhaler-managed asthma. Thanks in advance for a timely response with recommendations.

    Work-Required Traveller asked 9 months ago

    Hi, thanks for reaching out. At this time, we would encourage you to consult with your doctor or pharmacy where you received your last vaccination, and they will be in the best position to advise you when and what may be available for you before you travel.

    Please visit our webpage at Immunization (alberta.ca) for further information about immunization and vaccines. You can also check out the vaccine booking system for more: Registration (alberta.ca).

  • Share When will mandatory masking at ahs facilities end? on Facebook Share When will mandatory masking at ahs facilities end? on Twitter Share When will mandatory masking at ahs facilities end? on Linkedin Email When will mandatory masking at ahs facilities end? link

    When will mandatory masking at ahs facilities end?

    trishrobichaud asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. Our continuous masking directive remains in place at all AHS facilities. We continue to monitor continuous masking strategies in other jurisdictions both in Canada and throughout the world and are committed to reviewing our masking directive on an ongoing basis. Learn more about Visiting a Loved One at an AHS Facility.

  • Share How do I get a copy of Covid 19 vaccine certificate on Facebook Share How do I get a copy of Covid 19 vaccine certificate on Twitter Share How do I get a copy of Covid 19 vaccine certificate on Linkedin Email How do I get a copy of Covid 19 vaccine certificate link

    How do I get a copy of Covid 19 vaccine certificate

    Mike McKenna asked over 1 year ago

    Albertans can get their vaccine record with QR code at alberta.ca/CovidRecords.

  • Share When will you be expanding Novavax for 12-17 year olds? This was approved by Health Canada on Dec 8/22. on Facebook Share When will you be expanding Novavax for 12-17 year olds? This was approved by Health Canada on Dec 8/22. on Twitter Share When will you be expanding Novavax for 12-17 year olds? This was approved by Health Canada on Dec 8/22. on Linkedin Email When will you be expanding Novavax for 12-17 year olds? This was approved by Health Canada on Dec 8/22. link

    When will you be expanding Novavax for 12-17 year olds? This was approved by Health Canada on Dec 8/22.

    Clasee asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. Alberta has recently changed eligibility for Novavax vaccine to include children 12-17 years of age, in line with the Health Canada approval. However, this vaccine is only available for those individuals who have a contraindication to, or decline, an mRNA vaccine. Learn more.

    Contraindications could include severe allergy to a component of mRNA vaccines, e.g. anaphylaxis to PEG. Because of limited availability of this vaccine, we invite you to call 811 to access Novavax vaccine.

  • Share I have had the primary series of Covid immunization-both were Pfizer in 202l. I was about to go for the booster when I contracted Covid in Feb.2022. After recovering & waiting the 6 months again to be immunized, I then contracted covid a 2nd time (mid April 2022) & was unwell for close to 1 month. Given the latest variant, what would you recommend I receive for my 3rd dose? Thank you in advance for your reply. on Facebook Share I have had the primary series of Covid immunization-both were Pfizer in 202l. I was about to go for the booster when I contracted Covid in Feb.2022. After recovering & waiting the 6 months again to be immunized, I then contracted covid a 2nd time (mid April 2022) & was unwell for close to 1 month. Given the latest variant, what would you recommend I receive for my 3rd dose? Thank you in advance for your reply. on Twitter Share I have had the primary series of Covid immunization-both were Pfizer in 202l. I was about to go for the booster when I contracted Covid in Feb.2022. After recovering & waiting the 6 months again to be immunized, I then contracted covid a 2nd time (mid April 2022) & was unwell for close to 1 month. Given the latest variant, what would you recommend I receive for my 3rd dose? Thank you in advance for your reply. on Linkedin Email I have had the primary series of Covid immunization-both were Pfizer in 202l. I was about to go for the booster when I contracted Covid in Feb.2022. After recovering & waiting the 6 months again to be immunized, I then contracted covid a 2nd time (mid April 2022) & was unwell for close to 1 month. Given the latest variant, what would you recommend I receive for my 3rd dose? Thank you in advance for your reply. link

    I have had the primary series of Covid immunization-both were Pfizer in 202l. I was about to go for the booster when I contracted Covid in Feb.2022. After recovering & waiting the 6 months again to be immunized, I then contracted covid a 2nd time (mid April 2022) & was unwell for close to 1 month. Given the latest variant, what would you recommend I receive for my 3rd dose? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Verna-Rae asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The latest recommendations are to book a COVID-19 booster at least 5 months after your last dose, or most recent COVID-19 infection.

    Book your appointment online.

  • Share What information is available regarding COVID vaccines as well as those more successful with variant strains and A.D.E (antibody-dependency enhancement)? What are the potential risks? What are the signs? Is there a plan in place to prevent or address this occurrence? on Facebook Share What information is available regarding COVID vaccines as well as those more successful with variant strains and A.D.E (antibody-dependency enhancement)? What are the potential risks? What are the signs? Is there a plan in place to prevent or address this occurrence? on Twitter Share What information is available regarding COVID vaccines as well as those more successful with variant strains and A.D.E (antibody-dependency enhancement)? What are the potential risks? What are the signs? Is there a plan in place to prevent or address this occurrence? on Linkedin Email What information is available regarding COVID vaccines as well as those more successful with variant strains and A.D.E (antibody-dependency enhancement)? What are the potential risks? What are the signs? Is there a plan in place to prevent or address this occurrence? link

    What information is available regarding COVID vaccines as well as those more successful with variant strains and A.D.E (antibody-dependency enhancement)? What are the potential risks? What are the signs? Is there a plan in place to prevent or address this occurrence?

    Li asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question, Li. Throughout the pandemic, scientists have been exploring whether antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) could occur with the COVID-19 vaccines. There are no demonstrated ADE cases in clinical trials or in real world studies of the vaccines we are using in Canada. Immunized people are consistently demonstrated to have a higher level of protection against severe COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This would likely not happen if ADE were occurring. 

  • Share I'm a 63 y.o. male caucasian with COPD,asthma and A-fib, when would I be able to get the 4th vaccination for covid 29 on Facebook Share I'm a 63 y.o. male caucasian with COPD,asthma and A-fib, when would I be able to get the 4th vaccination for covid 29 on Twitter Share I'm a 63 y.o. male caucasian with COPD,asthma and A-fib, when would I be able to get the 4th vaccination for covid 29 on Linkedin Email I'm a 63 y.o. male caucasian with COPD,asthma and A-fib, when would I be able to get the 4th vaccination for covid 29 link

    I'm a 63 y.o. male caucasian with COPD,asthma and A-fib, when would I be able to get the 4th vaccination for covid 29

    Gerald Phillips asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. Decisions about eligibility for COVID vaccination are made by the Government of Alberta. You can learn more about who is eligible and find updates here.

  • Share When and where will NovaVax be available in Edmonton? on Facebook Share When and where will NovaVax be available in Edmonton? on Twitter Share When and where will NovaVax be available in Edmonton? on Linkedin Email When and where will NovaVax be available in Edmonton? link

    When and where will NovaVax be available in Edmonton?

    Dr. Elizabeth L. Schick, MD, CCFP asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question. On April 6 the Government of Alberta announced that the province expects to receive 10,000 doses of Novavax’s Nuvaxovid Starting April 12. Nuvaxovid is a two-dose protein subunit vaccine that does not use mRNA technology and is approved for those 18 and older. 

    Due to limited supply, appointments for this vaccine can be booked by calling 811 only. Other vaccines continue to be booked through the Alberta Vaccine Booking System.

  • Share Is it true that AHS requires new hires to be vaccinated but not people currently employed with them, and if so, what science/rationale guides this policy? on Facebook Share Is it true that AHS requires new hires to be vaccinated but not people currently employed with them, and if so, what science/rationale guides this policy? on Twitter Share Is it true that AHS requires new hires to be vaccinated but not people currently employed with them, and if so, what science/rationale guides this policy? on Linkedin Email Is it true that AHS requires new hires to be vaccinated but not people currently employed with them, and if so, what science/rationale guides this policy? link

    Is it true that AHS requires new hires to be vaccinated but not people currently employed with them, and if so, what science/rationale guides this policy?

    JRN asked about 2 years ago

    AHS has amended its Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 Policy as directed by the provincial government. The updated policy allows workers — employed with AHS when the policy came into effect and who are currently on a leave of absence due to their immunization status — to return to work. 

    The requirement to be fully immunized remains in place for new hires. This means that any worker hired after Nov. 30, 2021 must be fully immunized against COVID-19 as outlined in the updated immunization policy. We’ll continue to focus on what’s important — keeping our patients and staff safe.

    It’s also important to note that the policy has been very successful and has resulted in high immunization rates across AHS with an overwhelming positive response — 97.7 per cent of staff and 99.8 per cent of physicians are today fully immunized.

    AHS will continue to educate workers about the importance of immunization and vaccine safety and effectiveness. Thanks for reaching out.