Vaccine spacing important as younger Albertans become eligible
May 12, 2021
Pharmacy professionals should ensure eligible Alberta children space their COVID-19 vaccinations appropriately with other vaccinations.
As of Monday, May 10, 2021, all Albertans 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. This is a reminder that pharmacy professionals must ensure that proper spacing is required between receiving doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccines. As stated in ACP’s guidance: Administering injections to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is prudent to wait for a period of at least 14 days after the administration of another vaccine before administering a COVID-19 vaccine.
Students in grades six and nine receive public health vaccines and there has been a catchup campaign in grades seven and 10 this year. Every school runs its public health vaccine campaign on different days. Before administering vaccines to the 12-16 age group, pharmacy professionals should check Netcare to ensure proper spacing between vaccinations occurs.