Alberta to roll out most COVID-19 and influenza vaccines Oct. 16, booking to start Oct. 10

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Albertans will be able to start booking appointments for influenza and COVID-19 vaccines beginning Oct. 10.

In a news release Thursday, the government announced that the shots will be available at Alberta Health Services clinics and pharmacies starting Oct. 16. Booking appointments can be done during the previous week through the online Alberta Vaccine Booking System at, by calling 811, or directly through clinics or pharmacies.

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The government said that ahead of that, starting next Tuesday, Albertans living in congregate care will be able to access respiratory virus vaccinations through their facilities. However, it did not provide details.

The release also didn’t provide any specific information about who is eligible beginning Oct. 16, but encouraged Albertans to help limit the spread of infection by staying at home when feeling sick, washing their hands frequently, covering coughs and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces.

“Albertans can also choose to wear a well-fitting mask in crowded indoor spaces to help reduce the risk of becoming sick and help protect others from being exposed. Albertans are encouraged to speak with their primary care provider if they have questions or concerns about immunizations,” the release said.

Health Canada announced it had approved Moderna’s latest Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine for Canadians six months or older, formulated for the XBB.1.5 Omicron variant, two weeks ago.

Last fall, Canada was hit with a high number of of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections that contributed to extra pressure on the health-care system, particularly in pediatric wards. This year, an RSV vaccine for adults over the age of 60 has been approved by Health Canada.

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The provincial release did not provide details about the availability of an RSV vaccine, or any pending public awareness campaign.

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The government has promised an updated data dashboard tracking infections, but has yet to announce its roll-out.

Dr. Mark Joffe, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said in the release being immunized for influenza and COVID-19 can help protect Albertans and those most at risk for severe disease.

“Taking steps to prevent viral infections will also improve an individual’s overall health,” he said.

Health Minister Adriana LaGrange, who on Wednesday declined to say whether she would get a COVID-19 shot, said keeping up with immunizations is an excellent way to protect yourself against the respiratory illness season.

“Doing what you can to prevent severe illness will also help secure our health care system for those who need it most,” she said.

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