Johanu Botha, operations manager of the provincial vaccine working group, made the announcement Wednesday during a morning technical briefing for reporters. Manitobans can book appointments on the province’s website or by calling 1-844-626-8222.
All Manitobans 12 and older are eligible for a first date since May 14.
Appointments for the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were opened on Friday for people with certain health conditions. Second-dose appointments were opened to Indigenous Manitobans on Monday.
Appointments for the second dose will continue to be open depending on when individuals received their first injection.
The news comes as the province faces the worst infection rates in North America and officials launch the idea of offering prizes to people who get vaccinated.
Health and government officials on Tuesday reiterated their calls for the public to get vaccinated and to remain cautious for the three weeks it takes to boost immunity.
Lanette Siragusa, chief nurse at Manitoba Shared Health, said on Tuesday that 12 patients had been admitted to intensive care units on Monday and that 70% were not vaccinated or had received the vaccine a few days earlier and were not sufficiently protected.
Prime Minister Brian Pallister has said he intends to introduce new ways to encourage people to get vaccinated.
An online survey released by the government on Monday, which asks respondents for their views on a variety of issues related to the pandemic, also addresses the topic.
A question asks if people would be worried about offering incentives to those who are reluctant to get vaccinated.
Some of the incentive ideas include prizes, free meals, payouts of up to $ 100, or free entry to sporting events or museums.