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April 23, 2021

MANITOBA EXPANDS VACCINE ELIGIBILITY TO PROTECT ADULTS LIVING AND WORKING IN PARTS OF DOWNTOWN, POINT DOUGLAS, INKSTER AREAS IN WINNIPEG




Anyone over 18 years of age who lives or works in certain front-line jobs in the Downtown East, Inkster East and Point Douglas South neighbourhoods in the city of Winnipeg is now eligible to make appointments for their COVID-19 vaccine, Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson announced today. 
 
“With people over 50 years old now eligible for the vaccine, we have turned our attention to the next group of vulnerable Manitobans,” said Stefanson. “The data shows these communities are particularly hard hit by COVID-19, and making the vaccine available to everyone over 18, as well as key public-facing front-line workers, should help control the spread of the virus, reduce serious illness and help protect our health-care system.”
 
Residents aged 18 or older and people who work in specific jobs in those communities are now eligible including school staff and child-care providers as well as people who work in food-processing facilities, grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations and anywhere that serves food including restaurants and food banks. 
 
“These communities were selected based on an analysis of COVID-19 rates, population density, percentages of racialized populations, income levels and housing suitability in those areas,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead, Vaccine Implementation Task Force. “We encourage everyone eligible in these communities to make their appointment as soon as they can.”

“The Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba is very pleased that our government is listening to our vulnerable communities and reaching out to them,” said Maggie Yeboah, secretary, Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba. “Prioritizing vulnerable communities is very powerful as this will benefit all of us in our city and the province.” 

Eligible people in these areas can now begin to make appointments at supersites, and at the urban Indigenous vaccine clinics at:
• Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, 180 Higgins Ave., Winnipeg; and
• Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – Win Gardner Place, 363 McGregor Ave., Winnipeg.
 
Reimer noted the third wave of the pandemic has begun in Manitoba and getting vaccinated is key to reducing the effects of the virus.

“We have been in this situation before, with rising case numbers of COVID-19. But this time, we have the vaccine,” said Reimer. “Please book your appointment as soon as you are eligible to help us slow the spread and get back to our lives sooner.”
 
To book an appointment, call 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC) or visit https://protectmb.ca today.   
 
A map of eligible communities is available at:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html#community-based

For more information about Manitoba’s immunization campaign, visit https://protectmb.ca/.

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