How to Access your ‘Proof of COVID Vaccination’

Effective Nov. 15, 2021, vaccine records with QR codes will be the only valid Alberta proof of COVID vaccination accepted by operators participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program. Previous Alberta records without a scannable QR code, including those from vaccine providers and from the province’s MyHealth Records, will no longer be accepted as proof of vaccination under the Restrictions Exemption Program.

Maatapiiks ages 12+ will now be asked to show an Alberta vaccine record with a QR code, along with photo ID, when entering businesses/facilities that are participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program.

To get an Alberta verified COVID-19 vaccine record with QR code:

  • Visit https://covidrecords.alberta.ca/home
  • Complete the form – enter your Personal Health Number (Alberta Healthcare Number), Date of Birth, and Date (month/year) of COVID vaccination
  • Submit the completed form
  • Print or save the QR code for future use

It is recommended that Siksikawa save a copy of their “Proof of Vaccination” QR code to their mobile device, however if this is not possible, hardcopies can be printed at the immunization clinic located at the Deerfoot Sportsplex, Monday – Friday between 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Vaccine records from other provinces/territories, as well as the ArriveCan app for international travellers, will also be accepted.

For people ages 12+ without acceptable proof of vaccination, they may provide a negative, privately paid for COVID-19 test from within the previous 72 hours, or valid proof of a medical exemption.

What is a QR Code?

A QR Code, or “Quick Response Code” is a machine-readable code used for storing information that consists of a series of black and white squares. Feel free to try it out yourself with the QR code below that will take you to the Alberta COVID Records website:

How to use a QR code:

  • On your smartphone or tablet, open the built-in camera app.
  • Point the camera at the QR code (this can be done while viewing the QR code on your computer screen, or a printed copy).
  • Tap the banner that appears on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to visit the website.

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is free. Everyone who is eligible is offered the vaccine.

  • Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines (mRNA) are recommended to all people aged 12 years and older.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA vaccines contain a small piece of genetic material from the COVID-19 virus. This genetic material cannot alter your cells DNA or give you the active COVID virus. Our immune system uses that genetic material to create antibodies that can attack the COVID-19 virus protecting us if it enters our body.

Who should NOT get the COVID-19 vaccine?

You should not have the vaccine if you:

  • Have an allergy to parts of these COVID-19 vaccines (allergies to medications such as laxatives or skin creams)
  • Had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine

You should not have the vaccine right now, if you:

  • Have had another immunization within the past 2 weeks
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 disease, or
  • Been in close contact with another person with COVID-19 disease, or
  • If you have been told to isolate at home. When your symptoms have resolved or your isolation is over, then make an appointment to have the immunization.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

VERY COMMON: Most people will have some of these side effects:

  • Sore arm
  • Feeling tired
  • Mild headache

UNCOMMON:

  • Swollen, tender lymph nodes in armpit

Stay near your immunizer for 15 minutes after your immunization, in case you have a rare, severe allergic reaction.

Managing COVID-19 Side Effects

  • To reduce soreness and swelling, put a cool, wet cloth on the sore arm
  • If needed, you can take medication for pain or fever

Call 403-734-5616 to talk to a nurse if you develop:

  • A severe reaction that lasts more than 3 days, or
  • A high fever (over 39C), or
  • Any other unusual reaction

Here is our COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A series with Dr. Thomas Fung. Dr. Fung is a family physician at Siksika Health Services and is a familiar, friendly face in the community! These questions were generated from community members regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION