That’s according to a technical backgrounder released by the province on Wednesday morning that shows a sharp drop in the number of daily doses that are expected to be administered in August. Officials still believe enough Manitobans will receive their first or second dose before Labor Day weekend in September to trigger the next round of reopenings, relaxed capacity rules and guidelines for gatherings.
This is, however, subject to changes in vaccine demand, depending on the province.
Those responsible for the COVID-19 vaccine deployment in Manitoba are expected to provide an update today for the first time in a series of reopenings over the weekend, made possible after provincial immunization targets for August were met weeks in advance.
The medical chief of the working group on vaccines, Dr Joss Reimer and Johanu Botha, chief of operations of the working group, will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. CT.
CBC News will broadcast the call live here on CBC Gem and on Facebook and Twitter.
Provincial projections suggest that Manitoba demand for vaccines will continue to grow this month, primarily for second doses. Total daily doses projected into the weapons are estimated at nearly 15,000 on Wednesday and could reach nearly 25,000 on July 30, according to Wednesday’s backgrounder.
But during the first 10 days or so of August, the number of daily doses given is expected to drop to between 1,000 and 6,000, depending on the province.
This expected decline in demand reflects a decline in confirmed dose shipments from the federal government.
Manitoba expects a total of 147,000 doses of Pfizer the week of July 26, followed by approximately 90,000 each of the following two weeks. As of mid-August, no shipments from Pfizer are confirmed yet, and no confirmed shipments from Moderna or other vaccine brands are confirmed for the remainder of the month.
We should always meet the Labor Day goal: province
The latest update comes days after businesses and attractions like cinemas, museums and more were allowed to reopen for the first time since the fall, and a series of businesses that were already open were allowed. increase capacity limits.
All sectors are now essentially reopened, with capacity limits still in place.
The size of gatherings also increased last Saturday, allowing up to five visitors indoors at private residences, not counting household members, and up to 25 outdoors on private property. The size of indoor gatherings in public spaces has increased to 25, and outdoor public gatherings can have up to 150.
The changes came almost a month ahead of the province’s original schedule. Manitoba’s three-step reopening plan was initially tied to a series of vaccination goals for Canada Day in July, Terry Fox Day on August 2, and Labor Day in September.
The province reached its first milestone seeing 70 percent of eligible Manitobans 12 and older vaccinated with their first dose and 25 percent with two doses on June 21.
Manitoba exceeded its second-stage goal about two weeks ago, almost a month in advance, when 75 percent of eligible Manitobans received one dose and 50 percent received both.
The goal for the September long weekend is to see 80 percent of eligible Manitobans vaccinated with their first dose and 75 with a second dose. Premier Brian Pallister said the rules could be relaxed sooner if Manitoba meets its goals ahead of time.
Despite an expected drop in demand in the first part of August, Manitoba is still expected to meet that target on time, according to provincial projections released on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 77.9% of Manitobans 12 and older received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 63.1% received two doses.
Fully vaccinated Manitobans now enjoy a range of privileges, including the right to go to movies and museums, and to be able to dine indoors at restaurants with other fully vaccinated people outside their homes . Fully immunized Manitobans can also attend the Winnipeg Blue Bombers home opener, scheduled for August 5.
Those who receive their first dose of a vaccine before August 2 are also automatically entered to win $ 100,000 in the province’s immunization lottery. The same goes for those who receive their second dose before September 6.
Manitobans should wait at least 28 days between the first and second dose.
To make an appointment, Manitobans can visit the province’s vaccine website or call 1-844-626-8222.