Alberta Immunization Policy

About the Alberta Immunization Policy

The Alberta Immunization Policy (AIP) outlines the policies for the provision of publicly-funded immunizations in Alberta. It contains a complete listing of vaccines and biologicals that are publicly-funded and indications for their use. These policies are revised as new research and national recommendations become available.

The Canadian Immunization Guide recommendations should be consulted when further information about immunization is required.

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  • Note: These documents and policies are subject to change. Please ensure you are always referencing the current version of the document. Check this page regularly for updates.

Immunization policy changes you need to know

In fall 2016, amendments to the Public Health Act were made to address the way vaccines are delivered and provided to Albertans. A new immunization regulation is being developed to outline requirements for all vaccines administered in Alberta.

These requirements include:

  1. Reporting – health practitioners who provide immunizations must report information about all immunizations given.
  2. Adverse Event Following Immunization reporting – any health practitioner who becomes aware of an Adverse Event Following Immunization must report the event.
  3. Cold Chain Management – persons who handle, transport or store vaccines must follow protocols developed to ensure vaccine safety and effectiveness.

Immunizers will be required to follow immunization schedules posted by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Immunization schedules specify eligibility for provincially funded vaccines. Read Alberta’s routine immunization schedule.

Find all current Alberta Immunization Policy documents on Open Alberta

Introduction to AIP

  • AIP Background
    • Federal Leadership
    • Provincial Leadership
    • Alberta Immunization Strategy (AIS)
    • Legislative Authority

Immunization goals and rates for Alberta

Immunization schedules

General immunization guidelines

Immunization of individuals with inadequate immunization records

Contraindications and precautions to immunization

Access for biological products after hours

Biological products

Special situations for immunization

Adverse event following immunization policy and procedures


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.

North Zone
CDC Intake
Fax: 1-855-532-4373
Phone: 1-855-513-7530
Edmonton Zone
Immunization Team
Fax: 780-342-0248
Phone: 780-342-0229
Central Zone
Communicable Disease Control
Fax: 403-356-2053
Phone: 403-356-6420
Calgary Zone
Communicable Disease Unit
Fax: 403-955-6755
Phone: 403-955-6750
South Zone
Public Health Nursing Team
Fax: 403-380-2893
Phone: 403-388-6684

History of immunization in Alberta

Provisions of immunization in Alberta

Vaccine codes

Cold chain management policy and procedures


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.

Alberta Health Services contacts

North Zone
Vaccine Depot Monitor
Fax: 780-532-1550
Phone: 780-513-7568

Edmonton Zone
Edmonton Central Immunization Team
Fax: 780-342-0248
Phone: 780-342-0219
Central Zone
Immunization Best Practice Coordinator
Fax: 780-361-4355
Phone: 780-361-4310
Calgary Zone
Calgary Communicable Disease
Control Unit
Fax: 403-955-6755
Phone: 403-955-6750
South Zone
Immunization Program
Fax: 403-380-2893
Phone: 403-388-6684

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
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