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 18 years and older are eligible to book a first-dose appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, based on their age on the date of booking.

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.

On April 19, the Manitoba government announced all Manitobans aged 40 and older are now eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

On April 30, Manitoba opened up AstraZeneca vaccine appointments to people ages 30-39 with priority conditions. AstraZeneca will now primarily be used for second-dose appointments for people who have already received the vaccine.

Manitobans 18 and older who are pregnant, are a Community Living Disability Services client, or work in a vaccine warehouse, are now able to book a supersite appointment.

COMMUNITY PRIORITIZATION

These Winnipeg communities were listed as priorities for vaccination: Downtown East, Point Douglas South, Downtown West, Point Douglas North, Inkster East, Inkster West, Fort Garry South, River East South, St. Vital North, Seven Oaks East, and Seven Oaks West.

All of Northern Manitoba was also listed as a prioritized community.

In Brandon, Brandon Downtown and Brandon East End are listed as priority communities,

The community of Powerview-Pine Falls is a priority community in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region.

Manitobans 18 and older who work in the following professions in the regions are also eligible:

  • Teachers and school employees;
  • Child care providers;
  • Food-processing facility workers;
  • Grocery or convenience store workers;
  • as a public health officer of workplace safety and health officer;
  • at a gas station; and
  • Anywhere that serves food (restaurants or food banks).

All adults over 18 who live in the communities are eligible for a vaccine appointment.

ELIGIBLE JOBS

Currently in Manitoba, the following people aged 18 and over are able to get a COVID-19 vaccine. (Information from the Government of Manitoba)

  • front line police officers and firefighters;
  • staff working in any health care setting, including outpatient settings; 
  • vaccine warehouse workers;
  • staff in alternative isolation accommodations;
  • staff working in congregate living facilities;
  • 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.

WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?

Second dose appointment booking will begin at 11:45 a.m. on May 21, for people with priority health conditions. After health conditions, the main way second dose appointments will be booked based on when first doses were administered. The province will announce cut-off dates (eg. everyone who had their appointment before Apr. 5).

Manitova expects 70 per cent of Manitobans 12 years of age and older will have their first dose no later than June 30. It previously predicted residents would have their first dose by June 9.

Second doses are predicted to be finished by the end of July.

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 June 15, 1,077,421 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

72.1 per cent of Manitobans aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 70 per cent of Manitobans 12 and older have been vaccinated.

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

A total of 102,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Manitoba First Nations as of June 10. 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 expected to open during the week of 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.

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. 

People who received their first dose of vaccine on or before May 14 can now book their second-dose appointment. 

The province announced May 31 that people who received an AstraZeneca vaccine for their first dose can receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for their second dose.

Indigenous Manitobans can begin booking second-dose appointments on May 24 at 11:45 a.m.  To book a second-dose appointment, individuals must have:

  • received a Pfizer vaccine 21 days before their second-dose appointment date; or
  • received a Moderna vaccine 28 days before their second-dose appointment date.

 

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

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