Health Officials Plan of Spacing out Vaccine Doses Improves Overall Fight Against COVID

According to officials, every eligible Manitoban could get one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by May 18th.

This after the decision was made to delay second dose vaccinations for the foreseeable future.

The timeline assumes vaccine shipments arrive steadily throughout the second quarter.

Under less ideal circumstances, Manitoba projects it could vaccinate every adult Manitoban against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 by the end of June.

This significantly shortens the timeline for administering the vaccine.

Before the province said that vaccinating the youngest of eligible Manitobans, those between 18 to 29 years of age would be done by the end of August at the earliest. 

Starting today, Manitoba will stop booking second-dose appointments.

Manitoba made the decision to delay second doses after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization said Wednesday that in the context of a limited vaccine supply. Now it recommends extending the interval between doses to four months.

Also starting today, Manitobans can book appointments for more than one person when they call the vaccine call centre. The phone number is 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). Daily hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. You will be screened to ensure you meet current eligibility criteria when you call to book an appointment.