Residents living in Manitoba personal care homes will be given a chance to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine over the next month.

The campaign will start Monday and will be offered to seven care homes first to roughly 1,157 people in five health regions. One of those early sites will be Hillcrest Place in Brandon.

Residents will either be immunized by the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines over 28 days, according to the province.

For the rest of the care homes, a new timeline for when residents will be immunized will be announced next week.

The press release says that every care home resident who wishes to be immunized will get the vaccine, even if their personal care home has not had an outbreak, or if they never had COVID-19. But only as long as there are no medical conditions that prevent someone from getting the vaccine.

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms when vaccines arrive will be excluded from that round of vaccinations but can be immunized at a later date.

Just under half of Manitoba’s 705 COVID-19 deaths were linked to personal care homes, according to the province.