Manitoba Health, Seniors and Long-Term Care reminds Manitobans it is not too late to protect themselves against COVID-19 or seasonal influenza by getting vaccinated. It is recommended people get their COVID-19 vaccine by the end of April to help ensure the recommended minimum intervals between doses in anticipation of the fall immunization campaign.
Manitoba public health officials are updating the routine immunization program to better protect infants and children from meningococcal disease with broader immunity that will help prevent serious outcomes from these infections.
The Manitoba government is encouraging Manitobans to get the updated COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccines as soon as possible to help protect themselves, their families and their communities during the upcoming respiratory virus season.
Manitoba Health advises that the first shipments of updated COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccines are now being sent throughout the province, beginning with high-priority locations such as personal care homes and hospitals.
Manitoba Health is providing an update to Manitobans about respiratory viruses expected to circulate in the province over the coming months, as well as the provincial plan for COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccinations.
Manitoba Health advises that a cluster of whooping cough (pertussis) has now been declared as an outbreak in Southern Health-Santé Sud, as cases continue to be reported. As of June 23, 154 confirmed or probable cases have been reported to Manitoba Health since January, with 152 of them reported from Southern Health-Santé Sud.
The Director of Vaccine Development with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization says VIDO is advancing two COVID-19 vaccines that use the same antigen but different adjuvants.
Manitoba Health advises that individuals at the highest risk of serious COVID-19 outcomes may now receive a spring COVID-19 bivalent booster.
Manitoba Health advises that changes have been made to the Manitoba immunization card and verifier apps. People who previously downloaded the immunization card app will have Manitoba QR code access but that will be removed in a future update to the app.
Manitoba Health advises that a bivalent booster vaccine has been approved and recommended for children aged five to 11. Children in this age group have previously been eligible for a booster dose with the monovalent (original) Pfizer pediatric vaccine.