Alberta Immunization Policy

The Alberta Immunization Policy (AIP) outlines the policies for providing publicly-funded immunizations in Alberta.

Overview

The AIP contains a complete listing of publicly-funded vaccines and biologicals, and indications for their use.

Immunization policy changes

In 2016, amendments were made to the Public Health Act to address how vaccines are delivered and provided to Albertans. The changes will help standardize practices for all immunization providers, regardless if a vaccine is publicly funded or privately purchased.

The updated immunization regulation affects 3 areas:

  • adverse event following immunization reporting – health practitioners are required to report adverse events following immunization to Alberta Health Services within 3 days of becoming aware
    • starts December 17, 2018
  • cold chain management – requirements for the storage, handling and transportation of vaccines
    • starts December 17, 2018
  • reporting – health practitioners are required to report immunizations and assessments electronically to the ministry within a week
    • starts January 1, 2021, to ensure health practitioners and other stakeholders are positioned to comply with electronic reporting requirements

The regulation will improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of Alberta’s immunization program and was supported by regulatory bodies and stakeholders involved in the consultative process.

Legislation

Public Health Act

Immunization Regulation

AIP documents

  • All current Alberta Immunization Policy documents are hosted on Open Alberta

AIP updates

Introduction to AIP

Immunization schedules

General principles

Access for biological products after hours

Biological products

Special situations for immunization

Adverse event following immunization policy and procedures

Policy

The Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Policy for Alberta Immunization Providers document provides AEFI reporting guidance for Alberta immunizers. Data from AEFI reports contribute to provincial immunization program evaluation as well as to the national AEFI surveillance.

Procedure for all community providers

Complete an Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) form and send it to your Alberta Health Services (AHS) Zone for review. Information on how and when to report an AEFI, and the definitions of reportable AEFI in Alberta are included in the AEFI Policy. Contact your AHS Zone for more information.

History of immunization in Alberta

Vaccine codes

Cold chain management policy and procedures

Policy

The Alberta Vaccine Cold Chain Policy provides vaccine cold chain management guidelines for Alberta immunizers. Data from cold chain break reports contribute to provincial immunization program evaluation and quality assurance through the monitoring of public-funded vaccine storage and handling.

Procedure for Alberta Health Services (all community providers excluding pharmacy)

Information on how and when to report a Cold Chain Break is included in the Alberta Health Services Standard for Vaccine Storage and Handling.

Procedure for pharmacy

Complete the Pharmacy Cold Chain Break Report Form and send it to Alberta Health for review.

Alberta Health contact

Nurse Consultant Immunization
Email: health.imm@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-422-6663
Phone: 780-427-4297

For more information on cold chain practices, see the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Cold Chain Management Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines

Influenza Immunization Policy

Pharmacy Immunization Services