COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #136
Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin
November 3, 2021
Third Dose Recommendations The province is expanding its recommendations for a third dose to include:
all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people aged 18 and over, and
people aged 70 and older.
The third dose should be given at least six months after the last dose received. Whenever possible, the third dose should be the same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as the previous dose, but either mRNA vaccine is safe to receive. Third doses are available at participating medical clinics, pharmacies, urban Indigenous sites and other vaccine clinics located throughout the province. Timeframe Between First and Second Doses Following guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Manitoba is now recommending individuals receive their second dose of vaccine 56 days (eight weeks) after their first dose. Previously, the recommendation was 28 days (four weeks). The longer time period between doses has been shown to provide a stronger immune response over time. However, the minimum time frame between first and second doses will remain at 28 days so individuals will be able to choose the timing of vaccine schedule based on their own circumstances. Pop-Up Clinics COVID-19 pop-up clinics have been scheduled for the following locations in Winnipeg:
Garden City Collegiate gymnasium on Nov. 3 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.;
St. Vital Centre near Hudson’s Bay on Nov., 5, 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
Kildonan Place near the food court on Nov. 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eligibility Recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can be administered, are online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#third.
Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009.
Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution
A total of 2,090,806 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.
Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations for COVID and the seasonal flu. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html.
To date, 2,435,830 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:
1,534,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine;
808,920 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and
91,960 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Pan-Canadian Proof of Vaccination Credential
The Manitoba immunization app has been updated to include the pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential (PVC). The province continues to strongly encourage people to use their Manitoba immunization card at venues and events in the province as it provides very limited personal health information.
Some individuals may notice that the lot number of one or more vaccine doses may not be displayed on their PVC. If you plan to use the PVC for travel, it may be important for this information to be shown. Use the online form at https://forms.gov.mb.ca/covid-immunization-record-request/index.html or call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) to request to have your lot number updated.
For more information about the PVC, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunizationrecord/residents.html#pvc.
More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca. For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunizationrecord/index.html.
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