Manitoba Ahead Of Schedule With The Vaccination Situation

The province has announced that more than 50 percent of the province’s eligible population has had two COVID-19 vaccine doses, and nearly 75 percent of Manitobans have had one dose.

“Looking at other jurisdictions that have had high vaccine rates, we can see that perhaps this pandemic’s days are numbered,” Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

First dose vaccinations have slowed in recent weeks, the proportion of Manitobans who are fully vaccinated has almost doubled in two weeks.

The province topped its July 1 immunization targets a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. The next benchmark is for August Long Weekend, which is 50 percent fully vaccinated and 75 percent with one dose.

Reopenings could expand further if 80 percent of those eligible have received one dose and 75 percent have received two by Labour Day.

Premier Brian Pallister has previously said if Manitoba hits targets ahead of schedule that the province would consider loosening restrictions sooner than planned.

Meanwhile, Manitoba reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 and another death on Monday.

There were 35 cases in the Winnipeg health region, 11 in the Prairie Mountain Health region, nine in the Interlake-Eastern health region, and five each in the Northern and Southern health regions on Monday.