Parents and guardians in Alberta will soon be able to book a COVID-19 booster shot for children aged five to 11. 

Bookings will open on Monday, August 29 and the booster doses will start Wednesday, August 31. 

National and Alberta experts support booster doses for the five to 11 age group with a strong recommendation for children with immune-compromising conditions. 

The recommendation is that the booster dose be offered at least five calendar months after completion of the primary series. 

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says, “Vaccines remain one of the most important layers of protection we can access for ourselves and our children. This booster dose is an important option for families, especially those who have children with medical risk factors.”

Parents and guardians are encouraged to seek information and advice from a professional healthcare provider before having children immunized. 

The booster vaccinations for children will be administered at Alberta Health Services clinics around the province or at select pharmacies where AHS clinics are not located.

Appointments can be made through the Alberta Vaccine Booking System or by calling Health Link at 811.