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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.

NOTE: This article was updated on September 29, 2021, to remove links to outdated guidance that is no longer relevant. Also, the recommendations on spacing have changed, as 14 day spacing is now required between the COVID-19 vaccine and LIVE vaccines only, meaning that influenza and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same time. A review of the patient’s immunization record is required prior to the administration of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

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.