FILE - Health Minister Jason Copping takes his mask off to give a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

FILE - Health Minister Jason Copping takes his mask off to give a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Youth aged 12 to 17 now eligible for COVID boosters

Boosters available at AHS clinics and participating pharmacies

All Alberta youth, aged 12 to 17, can receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 14, as long as it’s a minimum of five months since their second dose.

Third-dose appointments for youth can now be booked for March 14 onward at Alberta Health Services (AHS) clinics and participating pharmacies through the Alberta Vaccine Booking system.

Albertans can also call 811 to book vaccination appointments with AHS.

Alberta Health said that while the rate of severe outcomes for youth aged 12 to 17 remains low compared with those in older age categories or for youth with risk factors, third doses have shown to offer better protection against the Omicron variant.

“Booster doses of vaccine are an excellent way to strengthen protection against severe outcomes from COVID-19. As restrictions on youth activities have ended and more normal school life resumes, I encourage parents and guardians to consider getting their children boosters based on their family’s individual circumstances,” said Health Minister Jason Copping in a press release.

Youth under the age of 18 require permission from a parent or guardian – either in person at the appointment or by a signed consent form – to be vaccinated. Identification that shows a birthdate is also required for all vaccinations. An Alberta Health Care card is not required.

For more information on vaccines for children and youth, visit alberta.ca/vaccine.



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