WINNIPEG - The province is expanding third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to include Manitobans 70 years of age and older.
First Nations, Metis and Inuit people aged 18 and over are also now eligible to get a COVID booster shot.
Indigenous people have been disproportionately affected by the virus and because older people were among the first to get vaccinated, their immune response could be waning.
Doctor Joss Reimer of the Manitoba Vaccine Task Force says third doses should be given at least six months after the second.
And whenever possible, third doses should be the same mRNA vaccine as the previous jab in the arm.