CBC News will broadcast the announcement live here at 11 a.m. As of Friday, more than 56% of people 18 and older in Manitoba had received at least one dose of the vaccine, the province’s online vaccine dashboard said. Almost 48% of people 12 years and older have received at least one injection.
Officials said that this week, Manitoba still plans to provide two doses to anyone 12 years and older who wants to be vaccinated by the end of July. The target for all first doses is still June 9, says the province’s latest vaccine technical backgrounder.
Meanwhile, people who met certain criteria were able to start making appointments for their second doses on Friday.
Aboriginal people in Manitoba will be able to make appointments for the second dose starting Monday. Those who received the first dose at least 21 days ago for the Pfizer-BioNTech shot or at least 28 days ago for the Moderna shot qualify.
Earlier this week, Pallister said a vaccination incentive program would be announced for Manitoba in the coming week.
The latest update comes as Manitoba battles its growing third wave of COVID-19, which has strained the province’s ability to care for its sickest patients.
Five Manitoba intensive care patients have now been moved to Ontario hospitals to free up space, with plans to move up to 15 more if necessary, officials said.
Pallister on Friday called on Ottawa to send Manitoba critical care nurses, respiratory therapists and contact tracers to help fight the rising number of COVID-19.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said he expects the federal government to “do what is necessary” to help Manitoba by the end of the weekend.