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 45 years and older, and Indigenous people aged 18 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.

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

On April 21, Manitoba announced frontline police and firefighters can book vaccine appointments.

On April 30, Manitoba opened up AstraZeneca vaccine appointments to people ages 30-39 with priority conditions.

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?

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.

Manitoba expexts 70 per cent of the population to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by June 5 (High supply scenario) or June 9 (low supply scenario).

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 40.1 per cent of Manitobans ages 18 and older have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

As of May 4, 510,022 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 49,621 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Manitoba First Nations as of April 29. 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's expected to open May 7 nd would have a maximum capacity of 4,154 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day.
  • Steinbach, Man.: A supersite is planned for Steinbach at 294 Lumber Ave. and able to administer more than 420 vaccinations daily, based on vaccine supply. It will open May 18.
  • Dauphin, Man. A supersite for Dauphin is planned for  at 304 Whitmore Ave. E. and will open May 10.
  • Gimli, Man: A supersite will open at the Gimli Recreation Centre at a future date.

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. All current second dose appointments will be honoured.

On May 5, Johanu Botha, co-lead of the province's vaccine task force, said second-dose appointments will begin once first-dose eligibility is complete, likely around May 22.

He said the first groups who will be eligible to book second doses will be people who are immunocompromised or have specific priority medical conditions.

He said after this group, the plan is to move down based on when people received their first dose.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

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