Manitoba is dropping the age of eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine to 18 and older today (Wednesday, May 12, 2021).

The province lowered the age of eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine to 24 and older on Tuesday, which was the fifth time it has been lowered in the last week and one day after dropping it to 30.

Public health officials said last week that they are planning to vaccinate 12- to 17-year-olds and they will likely become eligible by May 21.

To make an appointment at a supersite or pop-up clinic, use the province’s online booking portal or call 1-844-626-8222.

The reason for the quick pace of vaccinations in Manitoba is because shipments have increased over the past week as more supplies arrived.

Before there were delays in shipments of the Moderna vaccine which had previously caused a slowdown in the rollout.

More than 10,000 doses were administered in Manitoba on Monday. The province estimates it will administer 82,944 doses of vaccine between May 10 and 16.

As of Tuesday, 45.4 percent of adult Manitobans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

Health officials have said they plan to start making second-dose appointments for some people on May 22.