COVID-19 Immunizations

Alberta's COVID-19 immunization program began in December, 2020. Our goal is to immunize Albertans as safely and effectively as possible; beginning with acute care sites with the highest COVID-19 capacity concerns.

Alberta Health, with input from AHS, has identified key populations to be included in a phased approach to the immunization roll out in Alberta. Healthcare workers eligible to receive the vaccine in the first phases will receive an email from AHS, inviting them to use the COVID-19 immunization online booking tool to book their COVID-19 immunization appointments online from their phones or computers.

We are seeking feedback from healthcare providers who have been identified in the first phases of the immunization roll out. Please complete the survey below to share your perspective on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Alberta's COVID-19 immunization program began in December, 2020. Our goal is to immunize Albertans as safely and effectively as possible; beginning with acute care sites with the highest COVID-19 capacity concerns.

Alberta Health, with input from AHS, has identified key populations to be included in a phased approach to the immunization roll out in Alberta. Healthcare workers eligible to receive the vaccine in the first phases will receive an email from AHS, inviting them to use the COVID-19 immunization online booking tool to book their COVID-19 immunization appointments online from their phones or computers.

We are seeking feedback from healthcare providers who have been identified in the first phases of the immunization roll out. Please complete the survey below to share your perspective on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Information about the COVID-19 immunization program for Health Professionals is available here. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, ask your question here so we can follow up with you - and share the information with your colleagues across AHS.

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  • I currently work as a Registered Nurse at Foothills Medical Centre in a highly specialized department called Interventional Radiology. Our small team is a highly specialized group of nurses and medical radiation technologists that plays a vital role in the Southern Alberta Stroke and Trauma program with Alberta Health Services. Our team performs procedures under fluoroscopy to patients who may not be candidates for surgery or may not be stable enough for such. Now, with the pandemic situation at hand, we have been taking extra precautions to keep our patients and our staff safe. At present, we only have 7 nurses, 5 technologists, 3 Neuro-Interventional Radiologists and 8 Interventional Radiologists able to perform these procedures. Because we are a small team, we have been very careful throughout this pandemic to protect ourselves so that we do not infect members of our team and leave our program unable to provide care. In the event of an outbreak in our small department, the entire stroke program for Southern Alberta would be compromised. While we understand there are many DI technologists in Alberta, the 5 technologists on our team are the only five with the training required to respond to stroke procedures. The difficulty in this is that since many people do not know what our team does, we often are forgotten about as frontline care providers. Thus far, we have been lumped in with the rest of Diagnostic Imaging (albeit also important) and have been given a potential timeline of April for our vaccination date. The strokes and traumas that we see often come in straight from the emergency department or via STARS and are unable to provide an accurate history, thus we treat them as potential COVID patients until determined otherwise. In addition to this, we also place chest tubes to help patients breathe, central lines to provide venous access, and other important procedures for these COVID-positive patients during their stay in the hospital. While I understand there are a limited number of vaccines available, our team feels that we may have been looked over in the roll out considerations. We see other colleagues such as lactation consultants in the NICU (also important), who can work from a distance, and have a larger pool to pull from, considered in the first wave of vaccinations. In the event of an outbreak, we are at a higher risk to not be able to provide care for our patients, as our entire department would have to be quarantined. Please help protect us so that we can continue to protect and fight for our patients.

    mwellbelove asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for reaching out. We understand everyone is anxiously awaiting their turn for COVID-19 immunization and we thank you for your patience. We are doing all we can to roll out vaccine as quickly as possible. 

    We are asking healthcare workers with concerns about their placement on the phased roll out to speak directly to their supervisors, managers or medical leaders, who are able to bring their concerns forward.

    We recognize that many staff and healthcare partners work with higher-risk patients who are vulnerable to COVID-19, and with COVID-19-positive cases, and we greatly appreciate the vital work you do.

    In the face of very limited supply, healthcare workers included in the initial phases are selected to ensure we protect patients, residents and clients at highest risk of severe outcomes and to ensure the health system can continue to respond.

    We anticipate in the coming weeks and months, and as we move into Phase 2 of the province’s phased immunization program, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all healthcare workers. The approach will be evaluated as needed depending on vaccine supply. More information will be available as plans are finalized. Please check alberta.ca/covid for the most up-to-date information on vaccine rollout. 
  • Do you not have any vaccine centres in Stettler Alberta?

    Dwayne1 asked 15 days ago

    In Alberta, immunizations are done by Alberta Health Services (AHS) at your local AHS Public Health Office or AHS Community Health Centre. You can look up the closest Public Health or Community Health facility online, by visiting https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/search.aspx?type=facility&source=ahs.

    For more information on immunization in Alberta, please visit https://immunizealberta.ca/.

  • Does volunteering count at Alberta Health count as work?

    Dwayne1 asked 15 days ago

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your inquiry. Volunteers play a vital role in our healthcare system, supporting and enhancing the work of our healthcare professionals and we thank you for the work you do for our organization.

    Since volunteers receive no compensation for their work and expect no compensation, they would not be considered employees. (Volunteers and the Law in Alberta, Volunteer Alberta). 

  • Does AHS consider Maintenance workers in priority list for Covid-19 vaccination? Basically we are in every conner of the hospitals and most of the time we are in patient rooms to repair faulty equipment. Thanks

    tamphan asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your question on Alberta’s vaccine rollout. 

    We understand everyone is anxiously awaiting to receive the vaccine. 

    The Government of Alberta, with input from AHS, has identified the populations to be included in a phased approach

    Healthcare workers included in the initial phases are selected based on their level of interaction with COVID-19 positive cases and with populations most vulnerable to COVID-19, as well as their role within the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. This includes healthcare workers supporting acute care, long term care (LTC), designated supportive living (DSL) and home care. This will ensure we protect patients, residents and clients at highest risk of severe outcomes.

    Exact amounts and timelines are subject to change. The approach will be evaluated as needed depending on vaccine supply. 

    Work to identify sequencing for Phase 2 groups is underway. Decisions will be made in 2021. The rollout to the general public is anticipated in Fall 2021.

    For updates to vaccine distribution, please visit ahs.ca/covidvaccine.

  • I work on a Geriatric Acute Rehab Unit (GARU) It is my understanding that the staff of this unit are not considered for vaccine in the current Phase 1A or 1B of the roll out. I understand that the population (75 years and older) of this unit will be considered for vaccine in the 1B roll out of vaccine. I am concerned that the staff are not being considered at this time. They have done an exceptional job of caring for and protecting our most vulnerable population. I would like to see them considered for vaccine based on the population and nature of their work. We have done an exceptional job of ensuring we took care of this vulnerable population and staff in the community but I would ask and suggest that we do the same for the staff in Acute Care as well. Thank you for all your exceptional and hard work for all Albertans!

    Lori Westerson asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for your question, and your appreciation for the exceptional work of AHS’ teams! 

    We understand everyone is anxiously awaiting to receive the vaccine. The Government of Alberta, with input from AHS, has identified the populations to be included in a phased approach

    The Government of Alberta identified health care workers, including physicians, to be sequenced with consideration of the extent to which immunizing a particular group would contribute to a combination of the following:

    • Reducing acute care demand;
    • Protecting critical workforce;
    • Enhancing the flow of patients and residents through the system; and
    • Preventing COVID-19 outbreaks

    On January 8, 2021, the Government of Alberta announced vaccine appointments will be also be offered to healthcare workers in medical, surgical and COVID-19 units. 

    Healthcare workers with questions about their eligibility are asked to contact your supervisor or medical leader. For updates to vaccine distribution, please visit ahs.ca/covidvaccine.