Coronavirus: Manitoba aiming to open 2nd dose COVID-19 vaccination to everyone by next week

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Coronavirus: Manitoba aiming to open 2nd dose COVID-19 vaccination to everyone by next week
Coronavirus: Manitoba aiming to open 2nd dose COVID-19 vaccination to everyone by next week

Health officials in Manitoba are aiming to have second dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments open to everyone eligible for the shot by the end of next week.

The move comes as officials from the province’s vaccine implementation task force said Wednesday slightly more than 300,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected to arrive in Manitoba by the end of June.

Officials say the deliveries will allow the province to administer more than 20,000 doses per day.

Eligibility for second dose appointments were expanded Wednesday to include anyone who got their first shot on or before May 14. Eligibility will expand again Thursday at 11:45 a.m. to include anyone who got their first shot on or before May 18.

Officials have been expanding that availability around 11:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

But at a technical briefing held earlier in the day Wednesday, task force operations lead Johanu Botha said the province is planning to soon start expanding second dose appointments daily instead.

All Indigenous people in the province, as well as people with certain high-risk medical conditions, can also book a second dose.

More information is expected at a 12:30 p.m. press conference with Botha and taskforce lead, Dr. Joss Reimer.

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