The Manitoba government advises that testing capacity in Manitoba is strained and public health officials are now recommending that those who are 50 and over and have received their second vaccine dose five months ago are now eligible for COVID-19 booster doses.
Manitoba Central Services advises the government remains committed to providing a safe working environment for staff and Manitobans in all public-facing facilities. Following the intent and spirit of Manitoba’s recent public health orders, individuals entering the Manitoba Legislative Building will be required to be fully immunized and provide proof of vaccination.
The Director of CEO of VIDO says the technology used to develop a COVID-19 vaccine which is now undergoing human clinical trials offers several advantages over those used to develop vaccines currently being distributed.
Today’s five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.1 per cent provincially and 2.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30am on November 29, 2021, 495 new cases of the virus have been identified since Thursday: 153 cases on Friday, Nov. 26; 124 cases on Saturday, Nov. 27; and 132 cases on Sunday, Nov 28; and 86 cases today.
The province has announced that it is beginning to immunize children ages five to 11 against COVID-19 this week and thousands of parents have already booked appointments to protect their younger children during the fourth wave of the pandemic and into the holiday season.
As of this morning, more than 22,000 appointments have been booked for children aged 5 to 11. To be eligible, children must be five at the time the appointment is booked and appointments are only currently available at supersites. Vaccine will be delivered to participating medical clinics and pharmacies between Nov. 25 and 29.
Currently, appointments for children ages 5 to 11 are only being booked at supersites. The vaccine will be arriving at participating medical clinics and pharmacies between Nov. 25 and 29. As of 11am on November 22, 2021, nearly 13,000 appointments have been booked for children ages 5 to 11 online or through the provincial call centre.
Earlier on November 19, 2021, Health Canada approved the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for use in children ages five to 11 and clinical guidance was provided by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).
Pending Health Canada’s approval of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine and the National Advisory Council’s anticipated recommendation, Manitoba will be ready to roll out the next phase of the provincewide #ProtectMB vaccine campaign targeted at children ages five to 11.
The COVID-19 viral-vector vaccine Janssen will be available to those ages 18 and older by the end of this week. The vaccine will be available at some pharmacies and medical clinics. A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all adults with a minimum of six months after their last dose, with limited exceptions.