More Manitobans Now Eligible To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine eligibility has expanded to make doses available to police, firefighters and people living and working in certain high-risk communities, but it means younger age groups might have to wait longer.

“Our intent is to focus on where we see that high, high risk of transmission happening, particularly with the third wave, which does mean that our age decrease will be slower,” says Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the vaccine task force in Manitoba.

The province is still in the process of determining which specific geographic areas and which frontline workers in those areas will be eligible. Those details will be announced next Wednesday.

Those places will be determined by a team of doctors, nurses and epidemiologists, as well as whether more people should be eligible to receive the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine.

The province also lowered the age of eligibility to 57 and older for all Manitobans and 37 and older for First Nations people.