For some seniors, immunocompromised, and travellers
As of September 1, Albertans with compromised immune systems and seniors living in congregate care can receive a third COVID-19 vaccine. Also, any Albertans travelling to areas which do not accept Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccinations can receive a mRNA dose.
A news release from the Alberta government says, “Receiving a third dose will boost immunity levels and improve protection.”
The third dose must be at least eight weeks after the second one.
Eligible immunocompromised conditions:
- Transplant recipients, including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants.
- Individuals with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.
- Individuals in active cancer treatment (chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted therapies) excluding those receiving only hormonal therapy, radiation therapy or surgery.
- Individuals on certain medications for autoimmune diseases, including rituximab, ocrelizumab and ofatumumab.