While Manitoba prepares more sites to distribute COVID-19 immunization shots, and invites the eligible to call for an appointment, however, that does not the general public can make an appointment. Not yet.
The eligibility criteria can be found here: @MBGov on Twitter or visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html.
The vaccine appointment call line is still NOT for the public. The Empire-Advance was informed this morning, it is the employers of those eligible (all health field related) who call for the appointments.
Some individuals within congregate living facilities have also been vaccinated.
Manitoba is preparing to ramp up immunizations when there are sufficient doses available. The province’s current daily ability to administer doses of vaccine is 7,097. By April 1 Manitoba plans to maximize daily inoculations at 20,000 per day.
Pharmacies and medical clinics can now apply to the province to administer COVID-19 vaccines, in anticipation of suitable vaccines being authorized by the federal government in the future. This approach builds on their expertise in delivering other publicly funded vaccines including the annual flu campaign.
Application forms are posted online and will be accepted for the next several weeks. For more information on program requirements or to submit an application, physicians and pharmacists can visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/index.html.
To date, 48,187 doses of vaccine have been administered including 33,654 first doses and 14,533 second doses. As of Feb.7, Manitoba remains second in the country in the number of people who have received two doses of vaccine and are fully protected against COVID-19, at 989 per 100,000.
In total, 8,252 first doses of vaccine were administered by focused immunization teams (FITs) to personal care home residents. This week, a second dose will be administered at these sites. This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of February.
FITs visited four congregate living sites in Gimli, Teulon, Gladstone and Vita last week and provided 49 first doses of vaccine. Additional congregate living sites in Winnipeg and Brandon will be scheduled starting the week of Feb. 19, based on vaccine supply.
The Moderna vaccine is currently being used to immunize priority populations in Churchill including elders in the long-term care wing of the Churchill Health Centre, eligible health-care workers and individuals over the age of 70 in the community.
The Vaxport site in Thompson is ready to serve remote northern First Nations, municipal and Indigenous and Northern Affairs communities. However, its launch has been delayed to March 1 in response to vaccine shortages.
The province will also be ready to open additional super sites in early March, based on vaccine supply.
Appointments and Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Manitobans can now call to make first-dose appointments at the RBC Convention Centre super site in Winnipeg or the Keystone Centre super site in Brandon. Based on vaccine supply, these appointments will take place beginning Feb. 20 in Winnipeg and Feb. 22 in Brandon. (Again, bear in mind this is not a publicly available call line. Also, the appointments are not made by calling the Convention Centre or the Keystone.)
Eligible First Nation health-care workers can call to make an appointment at a pop-up site operating in Winnipeg this week.
Second-dose appointments initially scheduled from Feb. 15 to 17 are being rescheduled due to the vaccine supply disruption. The province will reach out to affected people by email or text to reschedule these appointments within a few days of the originally scheduled date. This will ensure individuals can still receive their second dose within the recommended timeline. Plan to attend your second-dose appointments as scheduled unless you are contacted.
For current information and updates on eligibility, follow @MBGov on Twitter or visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html.
Vaccine Supply and Distribution
To date, a total of 66,090 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:
• 43,290 doses of Pfizer vaccine; and
• 22,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Manitoba has been told it can expect 3,510 doses of Pfizer this week and 15,210 doses next week. Manitoba does not have any delivery projections for Moderna. To date, the Astra Zeneca vaccine has not been authorized for use in Canada.
A new vaccination calculator is now available online and lets Manitobans see where they are in the priority line, based on their age, vaccine uptake and other factors. The calculator and more information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.
All data in this bulletin is current as of Feb. 7 unless noted otherwise