Manitoba has expanded its capability to be vaccinated with a Govt-19 vaccine. First-year people aged 57 or older and those aged 37 or over can now be vaccinated.
Dr. Jazz Reimer with the Vaccine Implementation Task Force says we will soon be expanding eligibility programs to include all adults in priority communities, including first responders, including police and firefighters. Dr. Reimer says more details will be released next week as their team is still sorting out how the priority community will be defined. The team is made up of health professionals from rural, remote and urban areas of the province.
“They look at the postcodes, they look at the health districts, they look at the municipalities to make sure the evidence they draw is strong, and the way we can communicate with Manitobans is to see how Manitobans geographically look at themselves,” says Dr. Reimer.
He notes that the final plan for how those geographical areas will be defined has not yet been finalized, but that it should be narrow enough to match the distribution of vaccines coming from the federal government.
According to Dr. Reimer, when determining what a priority community is, one can measure the number of cases or the severity of cases in the geographical area. However, she does not know whether it will be broken by the wave or the whole epidemic, and whether it will often focus on the types of anxiety.
“Of course we saw the disease spreading in some way would be one of the driving factors,” he notes. “But I expect other factors to be looked at.”
Meanwhile, the province has announced pop-up clinics next week in four communities within Southern Health. All clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted:
Steinbach: April 19, 20, 21 and 22 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at 10 Chrysler Cat Pot Porter Active Living Center
Cladstone: April 20 at Gladstone Straight Hall, 79 Fifth St.
Bortage La Prairie: April 21 and 22 at the Herman Pre-Senior Service Center, 40 Royal R.D. North
Morris: April 23 at Morris Multiplex, 380 Stampede Grounds