Manitoba Premier Brain Pallister says planning for the COVID-19 vaccination program has been underway for months and they are ready to receive the first doses as early as next week. He says they’re going to be focusing their initial efforts on those most at risk including seniors, those working in the health care system with seniors and others, long term care facilities, Indigenous people First Nations and Metis. He notes the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be enough to vaccinate 900 people to be administered to frontline health care workers in our province’s four critical care units. He says the COVID-19 vaccination task force is working on delivery, priority populations, immunization clinics, logistics and monitoring.
Pallister adds there is a limited supply of this vaccine available so we cannot let our guard down and must continue to follow the fundamentals. He notes more details on how the program will proceed will be announced as they develop.