COVID-19 Vaccines: What to Expect

Alexis Millar is the former Digital Marketing Specialist at the Edmonton Public Library.

You may be hearing a lot about COVID-19 vaccinations or getting the jab lately. So we are breaking down information about vaccines, specifically the COVID-19 vaccine, and sharing some information in multiple languages so you can be informed and comfortable for when you book your appointment.

What does a vaccine do?

Vaccines are a critical and proven way to limit the spread of COVID-19. Immunization protects your health by making your immune system stronger or more resistant to viruses or diseases. They also help you build antibodies, in this case against the COVID-19 virus, which protect you, the health of your loved ones and the community against the virus. If you have more questions about each type of vaccine, read through Alberta Health Services (AHS) COVID-19 vaccine FAQs.

As more Albertans get vaccinated, health restrictions will ease, which means you'll get to browse our shelves in person again. So read through AHS information on vaccines and get informed before you book your appointment

What to expect

Most places ask that you show up at the exact time of your appointment that way you're minimizing contact. Before (through an email) or during your appointment, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors. You will be asked to sanitize your hands, change your mask and show identification, such as your Alberta Health Care card. Once seated for your immunization, you will be informed how you will be immunized and which vaccine you will receive. After that, you roll up your sleeve and are given the vaccine in your upper arm. Afterward, you will be asked to wait 10-15 minutes before leaving. And you're done until next time!

AHS also shares this information in a range of languages to ensure that everyone is well informed about the vaccination process. Vaccine information is available in عربي, 中文, हिंदी, 한국어, فارسی, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Af-Soomaali, Español, Français, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, اردو.

You can view information on What to Expect with Your COVID-19 Immunization in these languages:

For other information about immunization, you can visit If you feel ready and are over the age of 12 years old, you can book your vaccination.