Back To School Vaccinations

Back To School Vaccinations

WINNIPEG - The medical lead for Manitoba's Vaccine Implementation Task Force says youth who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 will need to get their first shot before the end of July in order to be fully immunized in time for their first day of class.

Dr. Joss Reimer Manitobans between the age of 12 and 17 should receive their first dose by Tuesday, July 27 to allow enough time for them to have the best immune response by the time they return to school.

The task force says the vaccines require a minimum of 28 days between doses, and a two-week wait after the second dose, in order to be most effective. The province notes it has over 29,000 Pfizer appointments available from now to the end of the month.

You can find your nearest immunization location on the province’s website, and book an appointment at the ProtectMB portal.

The province is planning to deploy another round of pop-up clinics at campgrounds and parks in the Prairie Mountain region starting this weekend:

- July 24 at Sandy Lake and Oak Lake beach;

- July 25 at Clear Lake;

- July 27 at Rivers Campground;

- July 28 in Onanole and at Clear Lake and Adam Lake;

- July 29 at Lake Metigoshe; and

- July 30 in Ninette.

77.9 per cent of Manitobans had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 63.1 per cent their second, as of Thursday morning.

TOPICS:   Manitoba News

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