• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #60

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


April 5, 2021


Delays in two deliveries of Moderna vaccine to the province from the federal government will affect upcoming appointments at pop-up clinics. A delivery of 28,300 doses expected the week of March 22 did not arrive until April 3. In addition, 28,400 doses expected this week will not arrive until next week. The exact delivery date is not known.


The province has carefully reviewed all available vaccine supplies in the province to minimize the effects of this supply disruption. It is not possible to use Pfizer vaccine for pop-up clinics because these doses will be used at other vaccine appointments.


Appointments booked at Glenboro (April 7), Matheson Island (April 8), Pine Dock (April 8), Faulkner (April 8), Whitemouth (April 8), and Piney (April 9) pop-up clinics will be honoured, but no additional appointments are being made. Other pop-up clinics scheduled this week will not be affected.


All 24 pop-up clinics scheduled from April 12 to 15 throughout the province will need to be rescheduled due to this supply disruption, with approximately 7,200 people affected. These include:

• Steinbach (April 12, 13, 14 and 15);

• Pine Falls (April 13) ;

• Stonewall (April 13);

• Flin Flon (April 13, 14 and 15);

• Virden (April 13);

• Russell (April 13);

• Gladstone (April 13);

• Pinawa (April 14);

• Eriksdale (April 14);

• Teulon (April 14);

• The Pas (April 14);

• Swan River (April 14);

• Killarney (April 14);

• Portage la Prairie (April 14 and 15);

• Arborg (April 15);

• St. Laurent (April 15);

• Beausejour (April 15); and

• Dauphin (April 15).


The province will be reaching out to affected people by phone, email and text to advise them of this change. Individuals may choose to book an appointment at a super site or wait for another pop-up to be rescheduled. These pop-up clinics will be rescheduled based on vaccine deliveries.


Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility to be immunized at a super site or pop-up clinic is unchanged, and includes individuals aged 64 or older and First Nation people aged 44 or older. Anyone who has been in Manitoba for one month or more can receive the vaccine at no cost if they meet provincial eligibility requirements.


Appointments


Appointments are currently available at super sites in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden.


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).


Individuals who wish to be vaccinated at the same time as their spouse/partner are encouraged to wait until both people are eligible before making appointments. It is not possible to accommodate people without an appointment at pop-up clinics or super sites.


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 or other form of identification. 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, 210,088 doses of vaccine have been administered including 148,560 first doses and 61,528 second doses.


Vaccine Supply and Distribution


To date, a total of 372,030 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:

• 209,430 doses of Pfizer vaccine;

• 90,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and

• 72,600 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine.

This week, Manitoba expects to receive 37,440 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 11,500 doses of AstraZeneca/Covishield.


Additional Information


All data in this bulletin is current as of April 4, unless noted otherwise.


Manitoba’s daily maximum capacity measures the number of doses the province could give every day, if vaccine supply was not an issue. Currently, daily maximum capacity is 20,918 doses per day, which exceeds the province’s initial target of reaching 20,000 doses per day by April.


Based on scientific evidence of the effectiveness of the first dose, Manitoba is focusing its immunization efforts on providing as many first doses as possible to protect more people. At this time, only first-dose appointments are available and the province will provide more information about planning for second doses in the weeks ahead. For regular updates, visit https://protectmb.ca and sign up for the weekly e-newsletter.


More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca.


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