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COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #89

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


June 9, 2021


The province is launching a new lottery that will award nearly $2 million to people who get their vaccine. Two draws will be held in coming months. All Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received at least one dose of vaccine by Aug. 2 will be eligible for the first draw and all Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received two doses by Sept. 6 will be eligible for the second. For more details about the Manitoba Vaccination Lottery, visit https://protectmb.ca/lottery.

Immunization Cards

Individuals who are fully vaccinated can now request a digital or physical immunization card. To be eligible to request your immunization card, you must: • have a Manitoba health card, • have received both doses of a vaccine, and • wait 14 days after getting your last dose of vaccine. For more information, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html#immunization-cards.

Eligibility Eligibility for second doses has been expanded to include individuals who received their first dose on or before May 4. Manitobans are strongly reminded that only those eligible to book appointments based on the date of their first dose or other provincial criteria should book second-dose appointments at this time. Additionally, all Indigenous people in Manitoba and individuals with specific health conditions are also eligible to book their second dose, as long as they meet the minimum time interval between doses. For more information, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#second-dose.

All people aged 12 and up are eligible to book their first-dose appointments.

Individuals can book online at https://protectmb.ca or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222). People will need to know the date they received their first dose and the type of vaccine received. This information can continue to be accessed at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/test-results/ or by calling a local public health office. A directory can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/offices.html. Note that vaccine appointments cannot be booked through public health offices.

Vaccine Administration

Due to a data delay, updated counts will be posted online when available.

People who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Manitoba can now contact covidimmunizationrecordsinformation@gov.mb.ca to update that information. This email address can also be used to request other updates or corrections to a COVID-19 immunization. Individuals may also contact their local public health office with this information if needed.

Appointments

It is recommended that people receive the same mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for their first and second doses where possible. However, these vaccines are considered equivalent, and both are safe and effective.

When the same vaccine is not readily available, you can book an appointment for either Pfizer or Moderna as the second dose. Individuals can also choose to book the earliest vaccine available to them for their second dose. You do not have to wait to receive the same brand of vaccine as your first dose.

Young people aged 12 to 17 must continue to receive Pfizer for both doses, as this is currently the only vaccine approved for use in this age group.

Due to ongoing vaccine supply challenges, there may be situations where the vaccine initially offered at the clinic will be changed to the vaccine that is currently available.

Eligible people can book appointments at super sites in Gimli, Dauphin, Steinbach, Winnipeg (RBC Convention Centre, Leila), Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk, Morden and The Pas. Pop-up clinics have been scheduled throughout the province in June. Indigenous people can also attend an urban Indigenous clinic led by community organizations in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson and Portage la Prairie. A complete listing and searchable map is available online at https://protectmb.ca. Eligible individuals can book their appointments at these sites online, or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

Manitobans are reminded to fill out a second consent form for their second-dose appointment. This will ensure any changes in your health status can be reviewed before your second dose. Providers will have the most up-to-date information in case you are getting a different vaccine and can review any updates on allergic reactions to vaccines. To fill out and print the consent forms before your appointment, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/resources.html#forms

Vaccine Supply and Distribution

To date, 1,041,040 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes: • 741,780 doses of Pfizer vaccine; • 215,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and • 84,260 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine.

Manitoba is expecting delivery of 87,750 doses of Pfizer and 3,500 doses of Moderna vaccine this week. A total of 7,500 doses of AstraZeneca have been received.

Workforce

As of June 8, 3,108 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 1,261 staff who have been assigned to COVID-19 immunization efforts from regional health authorities, bringing the total of new hires and existing staff to 4,369.

Additional Information

When attending a first or second-dose 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.

Young people aged 12 to 15 can attend their 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 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.

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 June 8 unless noted otherwise.

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