The Manitoba Government is pausing new vaccine appointments after disruptions with the Pfizer supply was announced on Friday.

It was announced that over the next month Canada will be experiencing a “temporary” delay in Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipments. It’s due to the pharmaceutical company’s expansion plans at its European manufacturing facility.

The shortage will result in an average of 50 per cent of coming doses delayed each week.

Dr. Joss Reimer, the Medical lead and official spokesperson for Manitoba Government’s COVID-19 vaccine taskforce, announced on Twitter that the current inventory will be used to complete previously scheduled first and second dose appointments.

Health care workers that are already scheduled to get their vaccine, are expected to still attend their booking.

The supply disruption is expected to last for a couple weeks.

Reimer says they will update Manitobans if they hear more from their vaccination partners.

The province has administered 13,539 doses of vaccine as of Friday. That includes 11,401 first doses and 2,138 second doses.

Those numbers mean that the province has distributed 35 per cent of the vaccine it has received so far, which is the second lowest number in the country.