Mobile vaccination clinics will be set up in four Winnipeg locations this week in an effort to get more first and second doses into arms.
Clinics will be set up at: City Hall on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; near Jubilee Mennonite Church in North Kildonan on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Furby Place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As well, the Mount Carmel Clinic on Main Street will offer walk-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
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According to the head of the province’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force, the mobile clinics will get the vaccine to those who need as opposed to having them come to a super site.
“We are moving away from the super site model,” said Task Force medical lead Dr. Joss Reimer at Monday’s COVID-19 update. “We know that was an excellent model to serve a large number of Manitobans when there were many people wanting to get the vaccine at the same time. But now the focus is more on accessibility and bringing the vaccine to people who may have barriers to coming to the vaccine or those who might not otherwise prioritize getting the vaccine.”
Reimer said she expects to see more mobile clinics, more doses administered by physicians and pharmacies and more public health pop-up clinics rather than the super sites.
Over the coming weeks, COVID-19 immunizations will be made available to eligible young people at school-based clinics.
Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009.
Youth Catch-up Immunizations
Catch-up immunizations will be made available to young people in Grades 6 to 12 who may have missed routine childhood immunizations in recent years due to the pandemic. These immunizations are important to keep them protected against HPV, hepatitis B, whooping cough, polio and other serious, preventable illnesses.
The immunizations are available at many provincial super sites or through their family’s health-care provider.
Vax to Win Lottery
Second-round winners of the Vax to Win lottery will be announced in early October. To be eligible, people must have received their second vaccination on or before Sept. 6.
All residents and staff of First Nation personal care homes are now eligible for a third-dose vaccination, along with people who are immunocompromised, people who require a third dose for travel, or individuals who previously received doses of vaccines that are not approved by Health Canada.
Next month, third doses of vaccine will also be offered to personal care home residents throughout the province.