WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Metis Federation says they’re planning to vaccinate 100 people against COVID-19 this week after receiving a shipment of vaccines from the province.
MEDOCare, a pharmacy operated by MMF out of their Henry Ave. office in Winnipeg, got the doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford shot recently, which are authorized for use by pharmacists and doctors to be administered to high-risk patients.
MMF president David Chartrand says the delivery came as a surprise. He explains the MMP has the capacity to administer all 100 doses by the end of the week, and has arranged transportation for members with accessibility challenges.
Doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are approved for Manitobans 65 years of age and up, as well as those between the ages of 55 and 64 who have specified preexisting health conditions.
First Nations leaders have been given control of vaccine rollouts in their communities, and Long Plain Chief Dennis Meeches has also invited MMF members to come to his First Nation near Portage la Prairie to receive 100 more doses there, as band members in the area have so far been reluctant to use up all of the doses they’ve been allocated.