Pallister spoke on the same day that the province lowered the age of eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to 24 and older, the fifth time it was lowered last week and a day after lowering it to 30 years. “We need to get Manitobans vaccinated, and we are, and thank you to our vaccination team for making it possible for us to reach 24 years and older today and 18 years older tomorrow,” Pallister told the Assembly. legislative.
Public health officials said last week that they plan to vaccinate young people between the ages of 12 and 17 and will likely become eligible on May 21.
All Indigenous adults, people living and working in certain frontline roles in specific COVID-19 hotspots, pregnant adults, adult clients of clients of community services for persons with disabilities, and first responders such as police officers and firefighters are already eligible to make an appointment at one of the province’s supersites or pop-up clinics.
To make an appointment at a supersite or pop-up clinic, use the province’s online reservation portal or call 1-844-626-8222.
The pace of vaccinations in Manitoba has increased over the past week as more supplies have arrived. Delays in Moderna vaccine deliveries had previously resulted in a slowdown in deployment, with the province forced to scale back its pop-up clinics.
Over 10,000 doses were administered in Manitoba on Monday and the current seven-day average for daily doses administered is 9,754, compared to 7,968 a week earlier. The province estimates it will administer 82,944 doses of the vaccine between May 10 and May 16.
As of Tuesday, 45.4 percent of adult Manitobans had received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Health officials said they plan to start making second dose appointments for some people on May 22.
The first to be eligible for second doses will be people who are immunocompromised and those with certain medical conditions. Once vaccinated, the priority for second doses will depend on when people received their first vaccine.
On Tuesday, Ontario suspended its deployment of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine due to the risk of rare blood clots, joining Alberta, which announced it had stopped administering the first doses of the vaccine due to supply issues. A statement from the Manitoba government says it plans to continue the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine as planned.
“Out of a total of 84,000 doses of AstraZenca, 76,000 doses were administered via our distribution partners,” a provincial spokesperson said by email on Tuesday. “The federal government has informed the Manitoba task force that further deliveries of AstraZenca will be forthcoming. No date was provided. “