Manitoba Expands 3rd Dose Eligibility to All On-Reserve First Nations – .

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Manitoba Expands 3rd Dose Eligibility to All On-Reserve First Nations – .


Eligibility for third doses of a COVID-19 vaccine is being expanded to include First Nations people living on reserves in Manitoba, health officials said Monday.
The third dose should be given at least six months after the second injection and it is estimated that this change makes 7,200 more people eligible for the third injection.

The Integrated Vaccination Operations Center, co-led by First Nations and the federal government, is reactivated to oversee the deployment of the third dose and coordinate other supports that communities may need.

Manitoba first offered a third dose to immunocompromised people in mid-September.

This program was soon extended to all residents and staff of First Nations personal care homes.

The next extension of third-dose eligibility, in early October, was aimed at thousands of healthcare workers and anyone who has received full courses of the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This decision was made after evidence suggested a decrease in immunity to these vaccines.

Current recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine and information on where they are given are available online.

Public health officials are also urging First Nations who are still not fully vaccinated to get vaccinated, as COVID-19 infections in some First Nations communities represent a growing proportion of the province’s overall caseload.

“We have seen throughout this pandemic that First Nations people are disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” said Dr. Marcia Anderson, public health manager of the First Nations pandemic coordination team. Nations of the province.

“The fourth wave is no different. First Nations communities are seeing cases of COVID-19 among people who are fully vaccinated. “

Although the risk of serious outcomes remains much lower for people who are vaccinated than for those who are not, “we are also seeing serious effects in people who are fully vaccinated,” she said.

The vaccination rate for First Nations is only slightly lower than the overall rate for Manitoba (81.7% compared to 82.2), but only about 63.3% of First Nations people living off reserve received both. doses.

Immunization rates vary considerably from one First Nation to another, with some showing a percentage much higher than the provincial average and others well below the average.

In addition to outbreaks resulting in cases in a few northern First Nations, new COVID-19 infections are now spreading to 17 – or nearly a third – of communities in Manitoba, Anderson said last week.

Seasonal flu shot

Manitobans can also make appointments for their seasonal flu shots at provincial, regional or urban Indigenous sites starting Monday, the province’s chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

This can be done using the provincial call center or the online reservation system initially set up for the COVID-19 vaccine. People can get their vaccine for seasonal flu, COVID-19, or both at these sites at the same time, if they choose.

The online vaccine finder shows the locations where these vaccines are available, including drop-in locations.

Many medical clinics and pharmacies with seasonal flu and / or COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be listed, with information on how to book at these locations.

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