WINNIPEG - The province says Indigenous people in Manitoba are able to book appointments for their second COVID-19 vaccine dose today.
First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Team lead Dr. Marcia Anderson says Indigenous Manitobans making an appointment for a second Pfizer shot will need to have received their previous dose 21 days prior to the appointment date, or 28 days prior if they had received the Moderna vaccine. The appointments can be made as of 11:45 Monday morning. The announcement comes a day after the province was hit with a record-breaking number of new COVID-19 cases.
Vaccine Implementation Task Force medical lead Dr. Joss Reimer says all Manitobans aged 12 and older are also eligible to book an appointment to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, while appointments for those with certain health conditions that make them high risk for getting the virus also begin today.
Those who are eligible can make their appointment by calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222, toll-free) between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., or at the #ProtectMB portal.
Officials say eligibility for second doses will be expanded further at some point next week, the timing of which will depend on the order in which people received their first dose. The government says it expects all Manitobans who had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to have received their second by the end of July.