• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #55

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


March 24, 2021


With the opening of a fifth super site in Morden this week, the province has met and exceeded its target of building capacity to deliver 20,000 doses of vaccine every day. This means that, if vaccine supply was not an issue, the province could administer this volume of doses every day through super sites, pop-up clinics, focused immunization teams, and the distributed model with pharmacies and medical clinics.

Appointments and Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility to be immunized at a super site or pop-up clinic is unchanged, and includes individuals aged 65 or older and First Nation people aged 45 or older.

Appointments are currently available at supersites in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden and at pop-up clinics in Steinbach, Victoria Beach and Riverton.

Eligible individuals can book their appointment at a super site online at https://protectmb.ca with an email address and their health card number. Appointments for super sites or pop-ups can also be made by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

When attending a vaccine appointment, people are reminded to bring their completed consent form (available online at https://protectmb.ca), wear a short-sleeved shirt, wear a mask and bring their health card. To help support good physical distancing on-site people should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time.

Vaccine Administration

To date, 139,591 doses of vaccine have been administered including 93,863 first doses and 45,728 second doses. This data includes vaccine administered at medical clinics and pharmacies, though there may be a slight delay in reporting from some of these locations.

This week, Focused Immunization Teams (FITs) will visit more than 100 congregate living facilities to provide first doses to eligible, consenting residents.

Workforce

To date, 1,575 people have been hired to assist with Manitoba’s vaccination efforts including immunizers, clinic managers, clinical leads, system navigators and observers. This is in addition to 1,047 staff who have been assigned to COVID-19 immunization efforts from regional health authorities, bringing the total of new hires and existing staff to 2,622.

To support the vaccine campaign, the province is actively recruiting navigators across the province, primarily for super sites in Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden. Navigators are a non-clinical role and help to direct and support clients throughout their appointment.

Vaccine Supply and Distribution To date, a total of 233,540 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes: • 166,140 doses of Pfizer vaccine; • 49,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and • 18,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine.

Every dose of vaccine in Manitoba has either been: • administered to a person at an appointment; • allocated for immunizations with partners, including First Nations, or the distributed model with medical clinics and pharmacies; or • booked for an appointment expected to take place within the next five days.

This week, Manitoba expects to receive 12,300 doses of Moderna. Additional Information

All data in this bulletin is current as of March 23, unless noted otherwise. More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.

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