• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #33

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


February 1, 2021


Vaccine Administration

To date, 41,817 doses of vaccine have been administered including 32,461 first doses and 9,356 second doses.

As of Jan. 31, Manitoba remains second in the country in the number of people who have received two doses of vaccine and are fully protected against COVID-19, at 616 people per 100,000.

Focused Immunization Teams (FITs) have now provided a first dose of the vaccine to every personal care home in the province. Final data is still being compiled, but as of Jan. 31, an estimated 8,112 eligible and consenting residents had received their first dose. FITs will return to all personal care homes to fully protect residents with a second immunization, beginning Feb. 8. Despite vaccine supply disruptions, all residents will receive both doses within the recommended window. This week, FITs will begin immunizing other high-risk or vulnerable people in congregate living settings, including KeKiNan Centre, the Manitoba Developmental Centre, Vita and District Health Centre and Gladstone Health Centre. The vaccine super site at the Thompson Regional Community Centre opens today. Pop-up sites will immunize eligible health care workers in Flin Flon and The Pas beginning the week of Feb. 8.

Appointments and Eligibility Criteria

Manitoba is continuing to assess the effect of vaccine supply disruptions on booked appointments. The province is committed to providing second-dose appointments within the recommended timeframe and will reach out to affected people by email or text to reschedule appointments if necessary. Plan to attend your second-dose appointments as scheduled unless you are contacted.

A small number of first-dose appointments remain available in Thompson. Beginning today, eligible Manitobans may also make appointments by phone for the pop-up sites in Flin Flon and The Pas.

Eligibility criteria have been expanded to include additional designated COVID-19 wards in Thompson, The Pas and Flin Flon.

Beginning today, individuals who have an appointment at the Winnipeg super site at the RBC Convention Centre may also park in a surface lot on York Avenue at no cost. Parking patrol officers will be on site in the Workers Compensation Board lot, which is southeast of the main entrance, to help direct people to available stalls. Underground parking also remains available.

Eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine are updated regularly at @MBGov on Twitter or visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html.

Vaccine Supply and Distribution

Manitoba is still assessing the impact of the reduction in supply of the Moderna vaccine that was initially announced by the federal government on Jan. 29. More information will be shared with Manitobans as soon as possible.

To date, a total of 55,650 doses of vaccine has been delivered to Manitoba. This includes: • 40,950 doses of Pfizer vaccine, based on six doses per vial; and • 14,700 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

This week, Manitoba expects to receive shipments of 8,100 Moderna doses and 2,340 Pfizer doses. Vaccine Inventory

The lowest level of super-site inventory is being updated with the most current information about Pfizer vaccine shipments. It will be provided as soon as possible. Additional Information All data in this bulletin is current as of Jan. 31. More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.

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