Eligibility for Phase 2C of the COVID-19 Vaccine Program
The Government of Alberta announced on April 10 that Phase 2C of vaccination eligibility begins on April 12. Regulated health professionals and students on placement/practicum who provide direct, in-person services to clients (along with any office/support staff in client-facing roles) are eligible to book vaccination appointments through AHS or approved pharmacies. You will be required to provide a piece of identification with your birth date and proof of registration with ACOT (current practice permits can be accessed for printing or viewing on a mobile device from the online platform). A letter from you/your employer that indicates you are involved in direct care delivery will also be accepted. For more information on eligibility for Phase 2C, please refer to the Key Messages provided by the Government of Alberta.
If you are an OT/employ staff that is not involved in direct/in-person care, you will have to wait until your eligibility phase is announced (i.e., Phase 2D or Phase 3). However, you/your staff may be eligible for vaccination for another reason such as, eligible chronic condition; caregiver for family member with an eligible chronic condition; care provider to clients residing on a First Nation reserve; First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) person born 1971 or earlier; born 1957-1966 (for AstraZeneca). You are encouraged to schedule your vaccination appointment as soon as you are eligible.
The Government of Alberta has also asked for your continued support in spreading the word to any of your clients aged 16-64 with eligible chronic health conditions to book their vaccination appointment as soon as possible now that Phase 2B is underway. For further information on all of the stages of vaccine rollout, please go to https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx.
Reminder: After you and your clients are vaccinated, you must continue to follow all of the guidance in the ACOT COVID-19 Pandemic practice guideline until the Chief Medical Officer of Health indicates these guidelines can be safely eased.