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, Manitobans aged 60 years and older, and First Nations people aged 40 years and older, are eligible to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. To simplify the process, individuals can now book appointments based on their age on the date of booking.

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.

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;
  • All individuals who work in acute care facilities;
  • 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 (no age restrictions). 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.

  • 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 and health-care workers 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).

The priority list for the AstraZeneca vaccine in Manitoba has also been released. More information about the list can be found here.

On March 29, the Manitoba government announced it would be pausing the administration of the Astrazeneca vaccine to people under 55 due to rare but dangerous blood clots seen in women in Europe as a side effect of the vaccination.

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 March 3, Manitoba announced it would be delaying the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by up to four months, based on recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

On March 5, the timelines for both scenarios were updated for each category, with anticipated dates for people receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The scenario was updated again on March 10, factoring in the totals from the Astrazeneca vaccine.

Healthcare workers

Low supply: March 31, 2021

High supply: March 31, 2021

Other congregate living settings

Low supply: April 15, 2021

High supply: April 15, 2021.

General population, 80+

Low supply: March 15, 2021

High supply: March 15, 2021

First Nation general population, 60+

Low supply: March 15, 2021

High supply: March 15, 2021

General population, 70-79

Low supply: April 5, 2021

High supply: April 5, 2021

First Nation general population, 50-59

Low supply: March 25, 2021

High supply: March 25, 2021

General population, 60-69

Low supply: April 15, 2021

High supply: April 15, 2021

First Nation General population, 40-49

Low supply: April 15, 2021

High supply: April 15, 2021

General population, 50-59

Low supply: May 7, 2021

High supply: April 20, 2021

First Nation general population, 30-39

Low supply: April 30, 2021

High supply: April 20, 2021

General population, 40-49

Low supply: May 17, 2021

High supply: May 17, 2021

First Nation general population, 18-29

Low supply: May 17, 2021

High supply: May 4, 2021

General population, 30-39

Low supply: May 28, 2021

High supply: May 18, 2021

General population, 18-29

Low supply: June 14, 2021

High supply: May 21, 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.

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?

The province says 15.7 per cent of Manitobans ages 18 and older have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As of April 8, 259,847 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

Manitoba aims to administer 20,000 vaccine doses per day by April 1, and said with the opening of the Morden supersite, is now able to hit that goal. The current daily maximum capacity is 20,918.

All personal care home residents in Manitoba received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of February.

A total of 22,726 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Manitoba First Nations as of April 8. 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).
  • 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.

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

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?

Based on NACI recommendations, the second dose can be delayed for up to four months after the first dose. People will be notified when it is time to make their second-dose appointment for the vaccine. All current second dose appointments will be honoured.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

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