COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #80
Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin
May 19, 2021
Manitobans can begin to book second-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting 11:45 a.m., Friday, May 21. At this time, only people who have the following priority conditions will be able to book a second dose appointment by phone or online on Friday including: • those receiving hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis; • those with liver cirrhosis due to any cause or portal hypertension; • those with severe heart failure; • those with cancers including solid tumor and blood (leukemia/lymphoma) who will or are receiving chemotherapy, immunosuppressive therapy or immune checkpoint inhibitors (e.g., nivolumab, pembrolizumab); • those receiving one or more of the following medications: - B cell therapies (e.g., rituximab, ocrelizumab); - Cyclophosphamide; - Alemtuzumab; - calcineurin inhibitors (cyclosporine, tacrolimus); - chronic dose prednisone (more than 20 mg/day); - mycophenolate; and - JAK inhibitors (e.g., tofacitinib); • those who have received or are on the list to receive a solid organ transplant; • those who have received a stem cell transplant or CAR-T therapy at least three months ago; • those with Down syndrome; • those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); or • individuals receiving home care more than four times per week or receiving 24/7 Community Living Disability Services supports (or as per family physician determination of equivalent levels of family support). People should only book a second-dose appointment when they are eligible. When booking the second dose, it is important to know the date of the person’s first dose and the type of vaccine received. This information can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/test-results/ or by calling the local public health office. Contact information for public health offices is available at www.manitoba.ca/health/publichealth/offices.html.
A second super site will soon be opened in the Northern health region, with a location in The Pas expected to open early next month. This will bring the total number of super sites across the province to 12.
Young people aged 12 and up are now eligible to book their first-dose appointments.
To make the visit as easy as possible, young people aged 12 to 15 can either attend the appointment with a parent, guardian or caregiver, or bring a signed consent form at the time of their appointment. If the youth attends without a guardian and without a signed consent form, they will go through an informed consent process with a clinical lead to assess their ability to consent on their own and proceed with the vaccine.
Young people aged 16 and 17 can sign their own consent form. There are about 111,000 young people aged 12 to 17 in Manitoba. Vaccine Administration To date, 666,508 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.
Workforce As of May 18, 2,726 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 1,271 staff who have been assigned to COVID-19 immunization efforts from regional health authorities, bringing the total of new hires and existing staff to 4,007. Appointments
Parents or guardians booking for their children (ages 12 to 15) are reminded to book the appointment under the child’s name and not their own name.
Eligible people can now book appointments at all vaccination super sites: Gimli, Dauphin, Steinbach, Winnipeg (RBC Convention Centre and Leila locations), Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden. In addition, appointments can be made at pop-up clinics are taking place in communities throughout the province next week. Indigenous people can also choose to receive their vaccine at urban Indigenous pop-up clinics led by community organizations in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and Portage la Prairie.
Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online at https://protectmb.ca/, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). A walk-in vaccine clinic is being held in The Pas at Roy H. Johnson Arena (523 Smith St.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and May 19. A walk-in clinic is being held in Flin Flon at the Flin Flon Community Hall (2 North Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 and 21.
Vaccine Supply and Distribution
To date, a total of 767,670 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes: • 506,610 doses of Pfizer vaccine; • 176,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and • 84,260 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine. This week, Manitoba expects to receive an additional 73,710 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 37,600 doses of Moderna vaccine.
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.
All data in this bulletin is current as of May 18, unless noted otherwise.
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