Immunizations protect individuals and communities through the prevention of disease and illness. It is one of the cornerstones of public health protection. All registered nurses have a responsibility to ensure the safety of Albertans who are eligible for or who have received a vaccine. This includes ensuring vaccines are stored correctly, assessing the eligibility for a vaccine, administering a vaccine safely, or reporting an adverse reaction or cold chain break.
Amendments to the Public Health Act and new Immunization Regulations come into force December 17, 2018. These legislations outline the responsibilities for registered nurses and other health care professionals regarding the administration of vaccines and vaccine programs, and assist to standardize practices for all immunization providers, regardless of whether a vaccine is provincially funded or privately purchased.
The following resources are available to guide your practice relating to the provision of vaccines for your clients.