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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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  • I was just wondering if we are seeing many breakout cases of Covid 19 fully vaccinated persons in Hospital or the community? If so, is any strain more prevalent with these fully vaccinated persons. Thanks a lot!

    RG Smith asked about 1 month ago

    Vaccine outcome data is reported by Alberta Health and is available here: https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm#vaccine-outcomes. More than 85% of those in hospital being treated for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. 

    Current real world data from Alberta shows that a complete vaccination series (two doses) is 91% effective against the B.1.1.7 UK Variant which is currently the most prevalent in Alberta.

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • Is there any possibility of these vaccines being leaky and increasing the risk of further mutations? Since there is neither exceptional immunity and transmission can still occur, could we, with our limited research on a human population with mRNA vaccines be creating more virulent strains with each run of breakout cases? This should be seriously considered. The genie is out of the bottle now and it will take some very brave people to reveal this.

    RG Smith asked 29 days ago

    No, there is no evidence of any vaccine causing new variants of COVID-19. When an individual is vaccinated, they are less likely to contract and transmit the virus, and therefore less likely to contract and transmit viral variants of COVID-19.

    The more individuals that are unvaccinated, the more likely variants are to emerge because there are more people that the COVID-19 virus can infect. As more variants emerge that are more transmissible and more able to evade vaccines, the more likely it is that variants will spread and make global vaccine campaigns less effective. You can read more about this and the related research here: https://health-desk.org/articles/are-covid-19-vaccines-causing-new-covid-19-variants.

    Because of this it is very important that all eligible Albertans receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and loved ones. 

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • Why is Canada not having the full toolkit of vaccines ie Johnson and Johnson

    Norman Hatlevik asked 28 days ago

    Health Canada, the federal agency responsible for drug and vaccine authorizations for COVID-19, reviews the vaccines currently available to treat COVID following their application for use in Canada. A full list of authorized drugs, vaccines and expanded indications for COVID-19 is available here: Drug and vaccine authorizations for COVID-19.

    Health Canada authorized the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine for Canadians on March 5, 2021. The vaccine is approved for people who are 18 years of age and older. Its safety and effectiveness in people younger than 18 years of age have not yet been established. 

    The federal government is also responsible for the procurement and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada. Information about vaccine supply and distribution are available on their website.

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • How many people in Alberta and Canada have died from adverse reactions to all Covid19 vaccines ?

    John B asked about 1 month ago

    All adverse reactions to vaccinations in Canada are tracked and monitored, as per provincial law, by healthcare professionals (learn more here).

    More than 51 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Canada, up to and including August 13. There have been 3,310 serious adverse events following vaccination – representing 0.006% of all doses.

    A total of 173 deaths were reported after the administration of a vaccine. Following medical case review using the WHO-UMC causality assessment categories, it has been determined that:

    • 69 of these deaths are unlikely linked to a COVID-19 vaccine
    • 64 deaths could not be assessed due to insufficient information
    • 34 are still under investigation
    • 6 deaths followed a diagnosis of TTS 

     

    Information about all adverse events from immunization and vaccine safety is available on Health Canada’s website and is updated weekly.

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • how many people have died from getting vaccinated, too many relatives keep spewing this to me

    jen asked 26 days ago

    All adverse reactions to vaccinations in Canada are tracked and monitored, as per provincial law, by healthcare professionals (learn more here).

    More than 51 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Canada, up to and including August 13. There have been 3,310 serious adverse events following vaccination – representing 0.006% of all doses.

    A total of 173 deaths were reported after the administration of a vaccine. Following medical case review using the WHO-UMC causality assessment categories, it has been determined that:

    • 69 of these deaths are unlikely linked to a COVID-19 vaccine
    • 64 deaths could not be assessed due to insufficient information
    • 34 are still under investigation
    • 6 deaths followed a diagnosis of TTS 

     

    Information about all adverse events from immunization and vaccine safety is available on Health Canada’s website and is updated weekly.

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • Someone referred to a study in Israel that indicated that the Pfizer vaccine "settles" in the ovaries. I am unaware of conclusions beyond that . Can you comment?

    BSanders02 asked 26 days ago

    Thank you for bringing this forward. Evidence says that specific antibodies of the virus are present in both the blood and the ovaries after vaccination – not the vaccine itself. 

    Antibodies are the protective protein produced by your own immune system in response to the presence of a foreign substance, called an antigen. In the case of COVID-19, antibodies recognize and latch onto the antigens found on the virus in order to help your body fight it off. Vaccines make this process quicker  by helping your immune system learn to recognize the virus before you’re exposed to it in a form that can cause disease. 

    Evidence indicated that there is no negative impact on the function of the ovaries from the presence of antibodies. 

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • Details of fully vaccinated are unclear. Can you confirm that two doses of Pfizer received outside of the 42 day period is considered fully vaccinated in all countries?

    I don’t have a screen name asked about 2 months ago

    AHS has no jurisdiction outside of Alberta. Health Canada has information about international travel here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid. In Canada, individuals that have had 2 doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine are considered fully vaccinated, even if each dose is a different type. Health Canada has not stipulated a maximum time frame between doses for eligibility.

    International travel requirements continue to evolve. It is important to check the policies of individual countries, state/local governments, cruise lines and/or venues and events before travelling. Some jurisdictions are only accepting travelers that are fully immunized with vaccines they have authorized. The Government of Canada continues to work with jurisdictions around the world to have all vaccines authorized in Canada recognized as valid doses.

    Our best defense to protect ourselves, and those we come in contact with, is to have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • I recently heard that a toxin, graphene oxide, was found in the Pfizer vaccine. Have Canadian lab tested for this substance? I would like to know if the claims about this substance are real or fake.

    Kyahgirl asked about 2 months ago

    No WHO authorized vaccines produced by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, CanSino, Sinovac, Sputnik V, or Janssen contain graphene oxide. The ingredient lists these vaccines have been published and tested by outside parties. They were not found to contain any graphene oxide in their formulas, including their lipid nanoparticles.

    A list of the ingredients in each vaccine can be found in the Canadian Immunization Guide or the vaccine’s product monograph available through Health Canada's Drug Product Database.

    Viral videos, posts, and articles have been falsely written about the role of graphene oxide in COVID-19 vaccines, despite any actual evidence to support these findings. The ingredients of COVID-19 vaccines have been published and evaluated by independent groups and found no graphene oxide in any part of their formulas.

    Graphene oxide is currently being investigated to determine whether or not it can be a safe and effective tool for use in vaccines among other biomedical properties.

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • Are there metals in the vaccines? Asking for someone who is very allergic to all metals.

    MerryR asked about 1 month ago

    There are no metals – including aluminum nor mercury - in the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. 

    Aluminum salts are added to some vaccines as an adjuvant (a facilitator or supplement) to enhance the immune response. Vaccines that contain an aluminum adjuvant have shown to be safe over six decades of use. 

    A list of the ingredients in each vaccine can be found in the Canadian Immunization Guide or the vaccine’s product monograph available through Health Canada's Drug Product Database.

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force

  • Below I have quoted the following response to a question from the forum. Can you please provide the referenced data that defends the assertion that children will not be harmed as a result of the vaccination specifically in terms of the integrity of the innate immune system and female reproductive health. As well, could you please provide the data of the risk associated to children associated with Covid-19 disease. "All Albertans age 12+ are recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccine as the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines continue to outweigh their potential risks. Second doses are recommended 28 days after the first dose.”

    A Orban asked about 1 month ago

    Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) reviews research and evidence and makes recommendations for the use of vaccines currently or newly approved for use in humans in Canada, including the identification of groups at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases for whom vaccination should be targeted. NACI findings are published in literature reviews, statements and updates.

    You can review the full body of research collected by NACI, including knowledge syntheses, analyses and recommendations on vaccine use in Canada, and find the original research data sources. Go here to learn more about how the vaccines are specifically studied and tested for children and youth.

    Pregnant people are at increased risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19. As well as many research studies resulting in strong evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, we also now have data from more than 130,000 expectant mothers immunized against COVID-19 that show the vaccines are safe and protect both the mother and the baby. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends you get a complete series with an mRNA vaccine if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. 

    Also from NACI: Adolescents 12 to 15 years of age and younger represent 4% of the Canadian population and constitute less than 4% of COVID-19 cases reported in Canada up to June 8, 2021. Adolescents account for less than 0.5% of COVID-19 associated hospitalizations, less than 0.5% of COVID-19 cases admitted to ICU, and less than 0.01% of deaths from COVID-19. Alberta statistics are consistent with this Canadian data.

    AHS strongly recommends that all Albertans over the age of 12 receive immunization against COVID-19 because, as well as some children facing serious health consequences as a result of COVID, children carry and transmit the disease. By becoming immunized we protect ourselves, as well as those around us who are not able to be vaccinated.

    Dr. Kristin Klein, Medical Officer of Health, Provincial Population and Public Health, and Co-Lead of AHS’ COVID Vaccine Task Force