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, all Manitobans 12 years and older are eligible to book a first dose or a second dose appointment.

Manitobas 12-17 are able to book appointments for the Pfizer vaccine. The province says the appointments must be in the youth's name, not their parents.

Anyone who has lived in Manitoba for at least one month or more can receive the vaccine at no cost if they meet the eligibility requirements.

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.

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.

On March 17, online booking for the COVID-19 vaccine became available on the province's COVID-19 vaccine website, only for those eligible to receive the vaccine. 

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?

As of July 25, there has been 1,739,666 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in Manitoba.

78.7 per cent of Manitobans age 12 and up have been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 66.5 per cent have received two doses.

A total of 153,335 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Manitoba First Nations as of July 21. A new vaccine dashboard for Manitoba First Nations will be updated every Friday.

WHERE ARE THE VACCINES BEING DISTRIBUTED?

Vaccines are currently being distributed at 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).
  • Selkirk, Man. Supersite: A supersite in Selkirk is located at the former site of Selkirk and District General Hospital, 100 Easton Drive. It has been open since March 8.
  • Morden, Man.: A supersite is located at the Access Event Centre, 111-D Gilmour Street.
  • Second Winnipeg supersite: A second supersite in Winnipeg will be set up at the Winnipeg Soccer Federation Complex, located at 770 Leila Ave. It opened on May 7, and has a maximum capacity of 4,154 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day.
  • Steinbach, Man.: A supersite  at 294 Lumber Ave. opened May 18. Staff at the site can administer more than 420 vaccinations daily, based on vaccine supply. 
  • Dauphin, Man. A supersite for Dauphin is open  at 304 Whitmore Ave. E. 
  • Gimli, Man: A supersite opened at the Gimli Recreation Centre May 29.

The province will run pop-up vaccination sites in different communities for those who are eligible. The current schedule is here.

Urban Indigenous Vaccination Sites are located in the following locations to help increase access to immunization for Indigenous people:

  • Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre in Thompson , 4 Nelson Rd., Thompson;
  • Brandon Friendship Centre, 205 College Avenue, Brandon;
  • Prairie Fusion Arts and Entertainment Centre, led by the Portage la Prairie Community, Revitalization Corporation, 11 Second Street NE, Portage la Prairie;
  • Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, 180 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg; and
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – Win Gardner Place, 363 MacGregor Avenue, Winnipeg

The majority of the clinics opened the week of April 26, with the Portage la Prairie and Thompson clinics opening May 3. Approximately 20 per cent of the appointments at the five clinics are walk-in, and will also be used to immunize the homeless population.

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, along with a consent form.

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?

All Manitobans are able to book a second dose appointment as of June 25. There must be a minimum of 28 days between your first and second dose.

If your first dose was the AstraZeneca vaccine, it is recommended that you get a mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) as your second dose.

If you cannot receive an mRNA vaccine for any reason, you may book an AstraZeneca shot at one of the medical clinics or pharmacies serving as a regional hub.

The province says both mRNA vaccines are safe, effective, and interchangeable, and you do not need to wait for the same dose for your second shot

 

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

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