Manitoba’s Vaccine Rollout Plan
The Manitoba government has released a four-stage immunization plan that shows the province’s current approach to the vaccine campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to protect Manitobans at greatest risk of COVID-19 the soonest, said Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson.
“These priority groups are clear and based on the guidance of our medical experts,” said Stefanson. “We all want to get the vaccine to our most vulnerable people, and to every Manitoban who wants a vaccine, as quickly as possible.”
The plan sets out how the province will further expand its immunization campaign to reach more Manitobans in priority groups, and then to all Manitobans, based on age.
Manitoba’s approach follows the guidance provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
The NACI guidance for priority populations includes:
• those at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19;
• those most likely to transmit COVID-19 to those at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19; and
• those whose living or working conditions put them at elevated risk of infection and where infection could have disproportionate consequences including Indigenous communities.
Manitoba’s plan identifies four main groups including:
• health-care workers and congregate living staff;
• residents of congregate living facilities;
• residents of First Nations communities; and
• Manitobans, based on age.
These groups are then also broken down into smaller groups, so those at greater risk are eligible to be immunized sooner.
Manitoba is currently third in the country for the total population fully immunized, at 369 people per 100,000.
The minister also noted that Manitobans will have an opportunity to join her in a telephone town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. To register and receive a phone call to join, visit https://engagemb.ca/restartmb-pandemic-response-system.