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Additional Information for Massage Therapy - Immunization Eligibility

Alberta CMMOTA Members,

Please see below additional information provided to us regarding eligibility:

In follow-up to the Premier’s announcement on Saturday, April 10, health care workers including massage therapists are now eligible to book appointments for immunization starting April 12, please find below and attached some additional details on how eligibility must be confirmed at the time of appointment.
 
An important aspect in this phase is that to be eligible, all massage therapist must currently be providing in-person, direct patient care. Staff who support them and also have in-person contact with patients/clients are also eligible. All eligible workers are encouraged to book their appointments as soon as possible.
 
Some of your therapists may have questions about which vaccine they will receive. All health care workers in this phase are eligible for Moderna or Pfizer. Like all Albertans health care workers between the ages of 55-64, also have the option to book an appointment for AstraZeneca.

  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) is only offering the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary or the Edmonton Expo Centre. All other AHS sites are offering Pfizer or Moderna.
  • Information regarding which pharmacies are offering AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer, is available on the Alberta Blue Cross website here.

For clarity, massage therapists can arrange their appointments immediately on-line or by phone. At their appointment they will need to provide both of the following:

  1. Personal identification that contains a birth date. For example, Alberta Health Care Card, Driver’s License or passport. (This is required at all immunization appointments for any Albertan); AND
  2. Proof of eligibility for this phase

Proof of eligibility may be any one of the following:

  • Practice Permit from a massage association – hard copy or digital copy accessed on line or photographed and displayed on your smart phone.
  • Employee ID that can be confirmed as current.
  • Letter of employment from your employer (see template attached)
  • Letter of placement from your training institution or regulatory college (see template attached)
  • If a massage therapist is self-employed and one of the above options is not available to them, they may show their practitioner or business license from a municipality.

Note: Massage therapists or owners of clinics who provide a letter of employment for support staff who have in person contact with patients/clients should use the attached template letter.
 
Template for employers (as attached):

  • The template is purposefully generic to accommodate all of the occupational groups which require proof of eligibility.
  • It can be modified to suit an organization’s need (i.e., letterhead) but should clearly identify the organization, the employee’s name and job and be signed by the employer.
  • It can be used for both employees and students who are currently in practicum placements. Students not in placements are not eligible at this time. They will be eligible when they are entering into a placement, or through a future phase of the COVID-19 Immunization Program.

Other resources:

We do request that massage therapy associations work with their members to address questions for the swiftest response.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CMMOTA team at info@cmmota.com.

With Strong Hands, Strong Hearts, Strong Minds!

The CMMOTA Team

Template for Employers

COVID IMM Program Stakeholder Handout

Template for Employe
Template for Employers

Contact the CMMOTA

Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
#219, 3722 57 Ave
Red Deer, Alberta
Canada T4N 4R7

Phone:
Fax:
403-517-7675