95 & Up Get Vaccine This Week

Manitoba Post StaffNews

WINNIPEG – Officials with Manitoba Health say they’re preparing for a major ramp up of their COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with older members of the general public about to become eligible to get the jab this coming week. So far a total of more than 58,900 doses have been administered.

Vaccine Task Force Medical Lead Dr. Joss Reimer says, starting this coming week, Manitobans 95 years of age and older, and First Nations citizens 75 and up, will qualify to book vaccination appointments. Workers are currently immunizing 1,400 congregate living residents, which include supportive housing, assisted living, and hospital facilities. Next on the eligibility list are any health care workers who didn’t get vaccinated during Phase 1, as well as workers and residents at shared living facilities.

The province also says it’s expecting two new vaccination supersites in Selkirk and Morden-Winkler to open on March 5. These would join four other such mass-inoculation facilities that include one each in Winnipeg and Brandon, and two for northern communities in and around Thompson. Manitoba Health says it plans to administer a maximum daily capacity of 20,000 doses by April, and set up seven more supersites across the province that month, hiring more than 1,200 staff to build that capacity…

Meanwhile more than 460 pharmacies and clinics have applied to help vaccinate Manitobans so far.

Manitobans who want to know their position in the queue can use this calculator, or call the provincial vaccine call centre toll-free at 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC).

Eligibility criteria details are available here.