New appointments on hold again at Brandon COVID vax supersite

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: April 8, 2021 09:27

Bookings to resume April 24th due to vaccine shortages

Image - Brandon Keystone Centre COVID vaccination supersite - File

Brandon's Keystone Centre COVID-19 vaccination supersite has put new appointments on hold again - this time until April 24th. Health officials say the reason is a shortage of vaccine doses. Appointments are currently available at supersites in Winnipeg, Thompson, Selkirk and Morden. Limited appointments at pop-up clinics are available due to delayed vaccine shipments.

Next week, two telephone town halls will take place focused on the province's COVID-19 immunization campaign. Participants will include Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson, Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Dr. Joss Reimer and Johanu Botha from the province's Vaccine Implementation Task Force.

A session for rural and northern Manitoba will take place on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30 pm. A session for people living in Winnipeg will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 pm. Registration is open until noon on the day of the events at https://engagemb.ca/ 

Eligibility to be immunized at a super site or pop-up clinic has been revised to include individuals aged 62 or older and First Nation people aged 42 or older. Anyone who has been in Manitoba for one month or more can receive the vaccine at no cost if they meet provincial eligibility requirements.

A shipment of more than 54,000 doses of AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine has been distributed to medical clinics and pharmacies across the province. The province has updated its guidance on who is eligible to receive this vaccine. It includes people aged 55 to 64 with specific high-risk health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19, as well as all people aged 65 and older, with priority given to people who might be unable to attend a super site or pop-up clinic. 

Eligible individuals can book their appointment at a super site online at protectmb.ca with an email address and their health card number. Appointments for super sites or pop-ups can also be made by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). 

Individuals who wish to be vaccinated at the same time as their spouse/partner are encouraged to wait until both people are eligible before making appointments. It is not possible to accommodate people without an appointment at pop-up clinics or super sites.

When attending a vaccine appointment, people are reminded to bring their completed consent form (available online at protectmb.ca), wear a short-sleeved shirt, wear a mask, and bring their health card or other form of identification. To help support good physical distancing on site, people should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time. 

To date, 222,130 doses of vaccine have been administered including 158,128 first doses and 64,002 second doses. Focused Immunization Teams continue to provide first-dose immunizations to people in congregate living facilities. This week, teams will visit more than 100 locations across the province.

The province is currently working to address delays in data entry. This is currently causing an under-reporting of the actual number of doses that have been administered to date. 

To date, a total of 409,470 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:  
-246,870 doses of Pfizer vaccine;  
-90,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and 
-72,600 doses of the AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine.    

This week, Manitoba expects to receive 11,500 doses of AstraZeneca/Covishield.

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