WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government says around 13 per cent of Manitobans have now been immunized against COVID-19 as it reaches a 200,000-dose milestone, twice as many as the number of people vaccinated less than three weeks ago.
Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson says Shared Health plans to administer more than 300,000 doses in less than a month - as long as enough supplies continue to come in. Stefanson says the team is concerned about a possible delay of the Moderna vaccine this week, and that appointments are being made based on how many doses are available.
Operations Lead for the Vaccination Implementation Task Force Johanu Botha says continuing to ramp up the rate of administration is especially important as the number of cases of variants of the virus multiplies. “This milestone we achieved today is one of many we still hope to achieve thanks to the work of key stakeholders and health providers, as well as the leadership of our First Nations partners,” Botha says. “We still have much work ahead of us and remain focused on putting thousands of needles in arms in the biggest immunization campaign in our history.”
With vaccination supersites now open in Winnipeg, Brandon, Morden, Selkirk, and Thompson, the province says more will be opening across Manitoba in the weeks ahead.