COVID-19 Updates and Vaccine Information
Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Provincial Office remains operational but is closed to the public in accordance with public health measures. MNA staff are working remotely to ensure support to community is not interrupted. Please call or email the office for support.
The MNA Provincial Office reception is open to take your calls and emails from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm.
The MNA recognizes that vaccination is a personal choice. It is important for Métis Albertans to have access to trusted information about COVID-19 vaccines so that citizens have all the information that they need to make an informed choice to receive a vaccination. The MNA health department has answered many vaccine questions here for you.
Are you looking for COVID-19 Resources? Check out our COVID-19 Resources page.
April 12 COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Phase 2C Starts today
Front-line healthcare workers in Phase 2C can now book a vaccine appointment at participating pharmacies or through Alberta Health Services (online or 811).
Eligible healthcare workers include:
- Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and all other health care professionals and their office or support staff who provide in-person, direct patient care.
- Individuals working in patient care facilities or providing services directly to clients in the community for Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Alberta Precision Labs, DynaLife, and students undertaking placement practicums in clinical areas.
- Healthcare workers on First Nation reserves and Metis Settlements.
All other groups in Phase 2C will become eligible in the coming weeks.
Other eligible Albertans
- April 7: Those born in 2005 or earlier with an underlying health condition can book. For more information on eligible underlying health conditions visit alberta.ca/vaccine
- April 9: Rapid flow clinics will open in Grand Prairie, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat.
- April 12: Albertans aged 55 to 64 (born from 1957 – 1966) who do not have a chronic health condition can make an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.
April 6: Alberta will be returning to Step 1 of its relaunch strategy:
- All indoor gatherings are prohibited.
- Outdoor gatherings can have up to 10 people while maintaining social distancing.
April 9: In-person service is not permitted indoors, including restaurants, theatres, libraries, and more.
For information on these stronger public health measures visit alberta.ca
Booking through AHS
How can I book an appointment if I am eligible?
There are three options:
- Starting February 24 at 8 a.m., Albertans can book an appointment through the AHS online booking tool, which can be found at ahs.ca/covidvaccine.
- The online tool provides eligible Albertans options for appointment date and time, and an opportunity to book the second dose within the recommended 38 to 42 days.
- Friends or family members can help seniors book appointments on a desktop computer or their hand-held device.
- Family members need the individual’s Alberta Health Care number to book appointment.
Call Alberta Health Link – Dial 811
- Eligible Albertans can also call Health Link at 811 to book their appointment.
- Health Link staff can help you book both the first and second immunization appointment within the recommended time-frame.
You must book an appointment with the pharmacy closest to you to receive the vaccine. No walk-ins permitted. Click the link above to see the list of pharmacies.
Due to limited vaccine quantities, and storage and handling requirements, only select pharmacies in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary can participate at this time; however, once there is adequate COVID-19 vaccine supply, distribution will be expanded.
Alberta Health Services will NEVER ask for payment for a COVID-19 immunization.
With Friday February 19th’s announcement that Métis people will now be prioritized for immunization, Alberta Health Services has reached out to indicate that Indigenous governments, organizations and community members are now being targeted with the same scam. Sadly this scam often targets our seniors.
If anyone approaches you or any of our citizens asking for a fee for the vaccine, please call the non-urgent police line in your region. These numbers vary by location and can be found online or through Alberta 2-1-1.
Visit our COVID-19 resources page for the most recent vaccine news.
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For a reminder of the enhanced public health measures that are in place, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
For the most up to date information related to Alberta’s current pandemic situation please visit: www.alberta.ca/covid19
Download or print these useful posters for your home or workplace:
- Help Prevent the Spread: PDF | Image
- How to Properly Wash Your Hands: PDF | Image
- Cover your cough poster: PDF | Image