COVID-19 Vaccination Booking
Albertans must book an appointment for immunization. Drop-in requests will not be accommodated as vaccine supply is limited.
In order to ensure fair access to all Albertans needing to be immunized and to prevent unnecessary wastage of vaccine doses please book ONLY one appointment per person. Please, DO NOT book multiple appointments at multiple sites.
Mint staff will adhere to strict protocols and has demonstrated experience with immunizations and the specialized skills needed to safely provide COVID-19 vaccines.
What are COVID-19 vaccines?
COVID-19 vaccines protect against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (also
known as COVID-19). COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus
that has caused a worldwide pandemic. The virus affects the
lungs and airways (also called a respiratory illness). Go to
ahs.ca/covid to learn more about COVID-19.
Who will be able to get an immunization at a pharmacy?
Initially, only Albertans 40 years of age and older in the community can be vaccinated. Future expansion will be based on supply and phases of the COVID-19 vaccine response plan.
How many stores will be providing immunizations?
Select the store above in the drop-down box (see above). At this time those are the participating locations. Should more stores become available, they will show in the drop-down box above.
What vaccine will be available at pharmacies? How will they ensure the doses do not spoil?
- Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be supplied to pharmacies in a thawed or thawing state, through wholesale distribution channels with a long history of safely handling vaccines requiring cold chain management.
- Undiluted thawed Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be stored under refrigeration for up to 5 days. Each shipment will be clearly marked with the date and time by which that supply of vaccine must be used.
If I have COVID symptoms can I still go to a pharmacy for my scheduled vaccine appointment?
- No. Only Albertans who are well, have no symptoms and no known exposure can be immunized at a pharmacy.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a known case, please reschedule your appointment, self-isolate immediately, and complete the AHS self-assessment and booking for testing online or by calling HealthLink at 811.
Do I have to have an appointment to go to a pharmacy for a vaccination?
Yes, you are required to book in advance. Drop-in or unscheduled visits will not be accommodated due to limited supply and required adherence to safety protocols.
Will pharmacies require proof that I am eligible for a vaccine?
Mint locations will be required to verify the year of birth. Albertans should ensure they bring photo ID and/or their Alberta Health Care Insurance (Personal Heath Number) with them to the appointment.
What is the time interval between doses of the vaccines being used in Alberta?
Our pharmacy will contact the patient at a later date to book the second dose.
What if an eligible individual does not have a Personal Health Number (lost number, out of province)?
- Individuals who are eligible for vaccine but cannot provide a valid Personal Health Number must be referred to AHS to book an appointment for immunization.
- This includes all individuals who are living, working, going to school or visiting in Alberta fo three months or longer who are eligible to receive the vaccine and do not have a Personal Health Number.
How many doses do I need?
For the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada, you need 1 or 2 doses. The number of doses depends on the vaccine you get. If you get a vaccine that needs 2 doses your healthcare provider will let you know when you should get your second dose. Visit alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx for more information.
How well do the COVID-19 vaccines work?
If you are healthy and get all the recommended doses, the
protection for COVID-19 is about:
• 95% for an mRNA vaccine
• 60% to 70% for a viral vector-based vaccine
Any COVID-19 vaccine you get will lower your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. It will also lower your risk of needing to be in the hospital.
Who should not have a COVID-19 vaccine?
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
• have an allergy to parts of the vaccine
• had a severe or unusual side effect after this vaccine or one like it
• are under age 16 years
• have had another vaccine in the last 2 weeks
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before you get a COVID-19 vaccine, if you:
• have a weak immune system (because of a medicine you take or a health problem)
• have an autoimmune disorder (like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus)
• are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to get pregnant in the next 28 days
There is not enough evidence to know if the vaccine is safe and protects against COVID-19 in these groups.
Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you have had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
Are there side effects from COVID-19 vaccines?
There can be side effects from COVID-19 vaccines, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
• redness, warmth, swelling, bruising, itching, or feeling sore where you had the needle
• feeling tired or unwell
• fever or chills
• body aches or sore joints
• feeling sick to your stomach (nausea), vomiting (throwing up), or loose stool (diarrhea)
• swollen lymph nodes
It is important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It is rare to have a serious side effect after a vaccine. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
How can I manage side effects?
• To help with soreness and swelling, put a cool, wet cloth over the area where you had the needle.
• There is medicine to help with a fever or pain. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure what medicine or dose to take. Follow the directions on the package.
• Children under the age of 18 years should not take aspirin because it can cause serious health problems.
• Some people with health problems, such as a weak immune system, must call their doctor if they get a fever. If you have been told to do this, call your doctor even if you think the fever is from the vaccine.