WINNIPEG -- COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Manitoba since December 2020. CTV News Winnipeg has compiled a list of commonly-asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and what people need to know about it.

WHO CAN GET VACCINATED RIGHT NOW?

Currently in Manitoba, the following people are able to get a COVID-19 vaccine. (Information from the Government of Manitoba)

  • Individuals working in laboratories handling COVID-19 specimens;
  • Individuals assigned to a COVID-19 immunization clinic, a designated COVID-19 testing site, or a designated COVID-19 alternative isolation accommodations facility;
  • Individuals who work in congregate living facilities, born on or before Dec. 31, 1960. A list of congregate living facilities can be found here
  • Individuals who work in licenced personal care homes;

Health-care workers who meet one of the following criteria and have direct contact with patients are also able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Acute care facility workers;
  • Emergency response services and specialty patient transportation workers (paramedics, nurses, respiratory therapists)
  • Long-term care facility workers;
  • Home-care employers employed by a regional health authority, employed by a RHA-contracted service provider, or employed by a self-and family-managed care client;
  • Health-care workers in provincial or federal correctional facilities;
  • Dental office employees;
  • Employees who work in facilities providing services insured by Manitoba Health and Seniors Care (primary care clinics, outpatient diagnostic imaging facilities, outpatient laboratories, outpatient surgical units, specialty physician clinics, and elderly day programs).

Other people eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines include:

  • staff employed in congregate group care settings who provide direct care to individuals in homeless shelters, family violence shelters, emergency placement shelters and second stage housing;
  • staff employed in congregate group care settings who provide direct care to individuals in Community Living disABILITY Services or the child and family services sector (The province said Manitoba Families will identify eligible staff and contact them directly to schedule appointments).

Currently, Manitobans born on or before Dec. 31, 1928, and First Nations people born on or before Dec. 31, 1948, are eligible to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?

The age criteria will be reduced by one year as the eligible population is vaccinated.

The Manitoba government has presented two scenarios for COVID-19 vaccines. One based on a high supply of vaccines coming into the province, and the other based on a low supply of vaccines.

On Feb. 24, the timelines for both scenarios were updated for each category, with anticipated completion dates for each category.

Healthcare workers

Low supply: July 30, 2021

High supply: May 28, 2021

Other congregate living settings

Low supply: April 30, 2021

High supply: April 28, 2021.

General population, 80+

Low supply: May 14, 2021

High supply: May 14, 2021

First Nation general population, 60+

Low supply: May 14, 2021

High supply: May 14, 2021

General population, 70-79

Low supply: May 28, 2021

High supply: May 31, 2021

First Nation general population, 50-59

Low supply: May 28, 2021

High supply: May 31, 2021

General population, 60-69

Low supply: June 29, 2021

High supply: May 31, 2021

First Nation General population, 40-49

Low supply: June 29, 2021

High supply: May 31, 2021

General population, 50-59

Low supply: July 29, 2021

High supply: June 30, 2021

First Nation general population, 30-39

Low supply: July 29, 2021

High supply: June 30, 2021

General population, 40-49

Low supply: September 30, 2021

High supply: July 30, 2021

First Nation general population, 18-29

Low supply: September 30, 2021

High supply: July 30, 2021

General population, 30-39

Low supply: October 29, 2021

High supply: August 31, 2021

General population, 18-29

Low supply: November 30, 2021

High supply: August 31, 2021

HOW WILL I FIND OUT WHEN I CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

Manitoba updates its eligibility criteria online depending on vaccine supply. The current eligibility is listed here.

In addition, Manitoba has also created a calculator that shows the approximate place for Manitobans in the vaccination queue. 

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Appointments can be made by eligible Manitobans by calling 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). The province will screen people to ensure they meet the criteria for vaccination.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING?

The province is asking people to not call the appointment line unless they are eligible to be vaccinated.

WHO HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE VACCINE?

The province said 2.7 per cent of Manitobans ages 18 and older have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Feb. 28.

As of Feb. 28, 75,448 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

Manitoba aims to administer 20,000 vaccine doses per day by April 1. The current daily maximum capacity is 11,759 doses.

All personal care home residents in Manitoba who wanted the vaccine will receive both doses by the end of February.

A total of 8,366 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Manitoba First Nations as of Feb. 26. A new vaccine dashboard for Manitoba First Nations will be updated every Friday.

WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?

Vaccines are currently being distributed in the following locations.

  • Winnipeg supersite: The Winnipeg supersite is located at the RBC Convention Centre (375 York Avenue);
  • Brandon supersite: The Brandon supersite is located at the Keystone Centre (#1 1175 18th Street);
  • Thompson, Man. supersite: A supersite in Thompson, Man. is located at the Thompson Regional Community Centre (274 Thompson Drive North).

The province has also opened up pop-up vaccination sites in Flin Flon and The Pas, which allowed eligible people in those communities to book appointments.

A supersite in Selkirk is at the former Selkirk District General Hospital (100 Easton Drive) is expected to open in early March.

A supersite in Morden at the Access Event Centre is currently scheduled to open the week of March 12, depending on vaccine availability.

The province is also using focused immunization teams to administer doses to people in congregate living facilities and personal care homes.

Manitoba is also planning to have pharmacists and doctors administer vaccines when more are approved. Application forms are available here.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Manitobans need to bring a copy of their Manitoba health card or another form of government-issued identification.

Those getting vaccinated need to wear a mask and a short-sleeved shirt, and be prepared to stay for 45 minutes. A caregiver or helper, such as a family member, can also come to the vaccination site for assistance. They will need to wear a mask.

HOW CAN I GET TO MY VACCINATION SITE?

The province asks people to not arrive to their appointments more than 15 minutes before to reduce crowding.

The Winnipeg Supersite has free indoor parking in the main underground parkade, and free outdoor parking is available in the York Avenue lot. Parking patrols will guide people to the correct stalls. Patients enter the site at the York Avenue entrance.

WHEN DO I GET MY SECOND DOSE?

Second-dose appointments are made during the appointment for the first dose, within the suggested timelines.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

More information on the COVID-19 vaccination plan for Manitobans can be found online.