• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #74

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


May 5, 2021


Eligibility to be immunized at a super site or pop-up clinic has been expanded to include individuals aged 45 or older and Indigenous people aged 18 and older. Manitoba expects that eligibility will expand to include all people aged 18 or older by May 21.

In addition, all adults aged 18 and older who live or work in specified jobs in these priority communities continue to be eligible to make an appointment: • Prairie Mountain Health – Brandon East End and Brandon Downtown; • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority – Inkster West, Fort Garry South, Seven Oaks West, Downtown East, Point Douglas South, Inkster East, Point Douglas North, Downtown West, River East South, St. Vital North and Seven Oaks East; and • Interlake–Eastern Regional Health Authority – Powerview-Pine Falls.

All adults who live or work (in any role) in the Northern Regional Health Authority, as well as Churchill, are also eligible. A map and other information about community-based eligibility is available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#community-based.

Eligibility also includes people aged 18 and older who: • are pregnant; • are a client of Community Living disABILITY Services; • work in any health-care setting including outpatient settings; or • work as a front-line police officer or firefighter.

Eligibility for the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine includes individuals aged 40 or older and people aged 30 to 39 with priority health conditions. A complete list is available online.

Appointments

People will be able to begin booking second-dose appointments on May 22. Individuals who are immune-compromised or have other prioritized health conditions will be able to book their appointments first. More details on this process will provided in the coming days.

A second super site will soon be opening in the Interlake–Eastern Regional Health Authority at the Gimli Recreation Centre. Pop-up clinics are scheduled in Winnipeg next week and in other locations throughout the province during the week of May 17. Appointments can be made by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

Appointments are also currently available at super sites in Dauphin, Steinbach, Winnipeg (RBC Convention Centre and Leila), Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden. Eligible individuals can book their appointment online at https://protectmb.ca with an email address and health card number, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

Appointments are also available at urban Indigenous pop-up clinics led by community organizations in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and Portage la Prairie. The AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine is available at medical clinics or pharmacies. Find available doses and how to make an appointment with the COVID-19 Vaccine Shot Finder, located at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html. Vaccine Administration To date, 510,022 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

This week, Focused Immunization Teams will be visiting five congregate living facilities to provide first-dose immunizations. Vaccine Supply and Distribution

To date, a total of 650,640 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes: • 425,880 doses of Pfizer vaccine; • 140,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and • 84,260 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine.

This week Manitoba expects to receive 7,020 doses of Pfizer vaccine.

Workforce

As of May 3, 2,526 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 1,288 staff who have been assigned to COVID-19 immunization efforts from regional health authorities, bringing the total of new hires and existing staff to 3,814.

Additional Information

All data in this bulletin is current as of May 4, unless noted otherwise. Anyone who has been in Manitoba for one month or more can receive the vaccine at no cost if they meet provincial eligibility requirements.

People in Manitoba can now access interpreter services in over 100 languages when they are booking their COVID-19 vaccine appointment by phone. Callers can also request spoken language or American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services at one of the province’s supersite locations.

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.

More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine and https://protectmb.ca. For regular updates, visit https://protectmb.ca and sign up for the weekly e-newsletter.

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