Manitoba drops COVID-19 vaccine eligibility age to 24 and older

Manitoba has dropped the age of eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine to 24 and older, the fifth time it has been lowered in the last week and one day after dropping it to 30.

The province is planning to have everyone 18 and older eligible for their first dose by May 21. People age 12 and up may also become eligible by the same day, officials said last week.

Second-dose appointments are set to begin opening up on May 22.

All Indigenous adults, people living and working in certain front-line roles in specified COVID-19 hot spots, pregnant adults, adult clients of Community Living disABILITY Services clients and first responders such as police officers and firefighters are all also eligible to book an appointment at one of the province’s supersites or pop-up clinics. 

Anyone 30 to 39 with certain health conditions, as well as anyone 40 older, are eligible to receive the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine from a physician’s clinic or pharmacy.

To make an appointment at a supersite or pop-up clinic, use the province’s online booking portal, or call 1-844-626-8222.

The pace of vaccinations in Manitoba increased over the past week as more supplies arrived. Delays in shipments of the Moderna vaccine had previously caused a slowdown in the rollout as the province was forced to scale back its pop-up clinics.

More than 10,000 doses were administered in Manitoba on Monday and the current seven-day average of daily doses administered is at 9,754, up from 7,968 a week earlier. The province estimates it will administer 82,944 doses of vaccine between May 10 and 16,

As of Tuesday, 45.4 per cent of adult Manitobans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.