3rd COVID vaccine dose

For some seniors, immunocompromised, and travellers

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

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.

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