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MB expanding 3rd dose COVID vaccine eligibility

By: Q Countruy/Star FM News
Posted: October 18, 2021 11:20

Starting today, you can also book your seasonal flu shot

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Manitoba is expanding its recommendations for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to include First Nation people living on reserve - this includes an estimated 7,200 people.

In a news release the province says "the third dose should be given at least six months after the last vaccine. The Integrated Vaccine Operations Centre, which is co-led by First Nations and the federal government, is being reactivated to oversee the third dose rollout and co-ordinate other supports that communities may need."

Seasonal Influenza Vaccines

Beginning today, individuals can make an appointment for their seasonal flu vaccine at provincial, regional or urban Indigenous sites using the provincial call centre or online booking system originally put in place for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals can receive their seasonal flu, COVID-19 or both vaccines at these sites at the same time, if they choose.

The online vaccine finder at https://protectmb.cashows locations where these vaccines are available including where walk-ins are available. Many medical clinics and pharmacies with seasonal flu and/or the COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be listed, with information about how to book at these locations. 

Youth Catch-up Immunizations

All urban Indigenous sites are now offering school catch-up immunizations to help prevent serious illnesses such as HPV, hepatitis B and meningitis. Families can make their appointment by contacting these sites directly, or through the provincial call centre or online booking tool.

The youth catch-up immunization program will return to schools in November, once in-school COVID-19 vaccine clinics end. 

Eligibility

The current recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can be administered, is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#third 
Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009.

Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution   

A total of 2,045,211 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.
The super site in Gimli is now closed. Additional clinics will be offered in the community at a new location.
Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/finder.html 

COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit https://protectmb.ca/school-immunizations/ 

To date, 2,435,830 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:

-1,534,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine;???    
-808,920 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and??    
-91,960 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.?

Additional Information

More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccineand https://protectmb.ca 

For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunizationrecord/index.html 

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