Immunizations and Proof of Vaccination

Immunizations and Proof of Vaccination
Posted on 09/25/2021
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Alberta (September 25, 2021): Immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccines, are an effective means of protecting Albertans from COVID-19. Vaccines are safe, effective and save lives. The Government of Alberta continues to encourage all eligible teachers, staff, students, parents and guardians to get immunized against COVID-19.

An in-school COVID-19 vaccination program was developed collaboratively between Alberta Education, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to provide access to immunizations in schools in September and October for eligible students in Grades 7 to 12, school staff and families. Consistent with the consent process for routine school immunizations, parental or guardian consent for students is required. I strongly encourage school authorities to take advantage of this program.

Alberta has no specific provincial legislation that requires K-12 students to have specific vaccinations to attend in person school. Alberta Education is not considering mandating vaccines for students in the K-12 education system. School authorities cannot deny their students access to education due to their immunization status.

Moreover, every child in Alberta is entitled to have access to an education program as per the Section 3(1) of the Education Act. 

As always, the safety of students and staff remains our top priority as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and if necessary, make changes to the provincial health guidance for schools to ensure a safe and successful school year

Andre Tremblay
Deputy Minister of Education

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