Susan Smith

Susan Smith is a Canadian public servant based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is notable during the COVID-19 pandemic due to her role in approving COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Career and Affiliations

Smith has over thirty years of Public Health experience primarily focused on public health programs, immunization, and communicable disease control.

Her roles have included front line generalist practice, nurse consultant, and clinical development nurse (immunization and communicable disease control). Her experience includes providing immunizations, orienting/educating staff and clients on immunization and communicable disease issues, ensuring quality of immunization programs, and following up on notifiable diseases providing her with a strong clinical and operational background in public health immunization programs.

Alberta Health Services

Smith became the Manager for Immunization Policy for Alberta Health Services in September 2018.1) 2) In this position, she is responsible for the development and implementation of immunization policy in Alberta, including coordinating and facilitating the work of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization since September 2019. She delivered presentations on the topic of the rabies vaccine and rabies immune globulin (RIG) between January and October 2019.

Additionally, she has chaired and facilitated a number of immunization working groups comprised of medical officers of health, infectious disease physicians, nurse leaders and program staff to update and revise Alberta's immunization policy including immunization recommendations for solid organ transplant recipients, hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients, and immunocompromised individuals; and recommendations for rotavirus, hepatitis B, varicella, and measles containing vaccines.3)

Public Health Agency of Canada

Smith is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).4)

Canadian Nursing Coalition for Immunization

Smith has also been a member of the Canadian Nursing Coalition for Immunization for the past two years and presented at the 2016 Canadian Immunization Conference.5) CIC 2016 was sponsored by AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Innovative Medicines Canada, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Public Health Ontario, Sanofi, Seqirus, Vaccines411, and Valneva.6)

Susan Smith · Manager Immunization Policy · Health. OpenGovCA. Retrieved April 19, 2022, from
Communicable Disease / Immunization Policy. (2022, April 19). Government of Alberta.
National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): Membership and representation. (2020, December 18). Wayback Machine; Government of Canada.
Preliminary Program. (2016, September). Canadian Immunization Conference 2016.

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