A spring storm is expected to result in very difficult driving conditions in many parts of the province today and tomorrow. Manitobans are encouraged to stay safe and assess their travel plans based on local road and weather conditions. Individuals who have a vaccine appointment and need to reschedule due to weather can do so online at https://ProtectMB.ca or by calling the provincial call centre at 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).
Two telephone towns halls focused on the province’s COVID-19 immunization campaign will be held this week. Participants will include Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson, Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Dr. Joss Reimer and Johanu Botha from the province’s vaccine implementation task force.
A session for rural and northern Manitoba will take place on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. A session for people living in Winnipeg will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is open until noon on the day of the events. To participate, people can register at https://engagemb.ca.
Eligibility to be immunized at a super site or pop-up clinic includes individuals aged 60 or older and First Nation people aged 40 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.
The province has also updated its guidance on who is eligible to receive the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine, which is available through medical clinics and pharmacies. This includes people aged 55 to 64 with specific high-risk health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19, as well as all people aged 65 and older, with priority given to people who might be unable to attend a supersite or pop-up clinic.
Appointments are currently available at super sites in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden. This week six pop-up clinics have been scheduled with a total of 1,300 appointments. 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 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.
To date, 284,643 doses of vaccine have been administered including 216,275 first doses and 68,368 second doses.
Focused Immunization Teams continue to provide first-dose immunizations to people in congregate living facilities. This week, teams will visit more than 60 locations across the province.
Vaccine Supply and Distribution
To date, a total of 409,470 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:
• 246,870 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, 28,400 doses of Moderna and 11,500 doses of Astra Zeneca/Covishield vaccine.
Medical clinics and pharmacies will continue to be displayed on the COVID-19 Vaccine Shot Finder, located at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html. The map will be updated with new information later this week as providers finalize their information for the site based on this week’s deliveries.
All data in this bulletin is current as of April 11, unless noted otherwise.
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.
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
– 30 –
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ATTACHED