COVID-19 vaccine second doses opening to all eligible Manitobans on Friday

WINNIPEG — All Manitobans eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to book a second dose starting on Friday.

Johanu Botha, operations, logistics and planning lead of Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force, said starting at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, second-dose eligibility will be opened up to everyone.

Botha said now every supersite except the RBC Supersite is offering walk-ins. The number of doses available at each location for walk-in appointments will vary, he said.

“We will continue to do our best to prioritize people who need their first dose when they come for walk-ins, but second-dose people can still choose to try the walk-in option,” he said.

PROVINCE TO TEST EXTENDED HOURS AT RBC, LEILA SUPERSITES

Botha said the province is expected to receive hundreds of thousands of doses of the Moderna vaccine in the near future.

Because of this, Botha said the province will be testing extended hours at the RBC and Leila supersite locations on June 28. He said appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. “As we’ve said, nothing is off the table, so certainly extending hours further with more supply coming in is under consideration, especially if it works well and supply does arrive,” he said.

PARENTS, CAREGIVERS NOW ABLE TO TRANSFER PFIZER APPOINTMENT TO CHILDREN

This comes hours after the province announced Manitoba parents and caregivers with upcoming Pfizer vaccine appointments could now transfer their appointment to their children.

The Manitoba government said in a tweet if parents opt to make this transfer, they can instead book a Moderna vaccine appointment for themselves.

This transfer of appointments is for children aged 12 to 17, as Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for this age group. A slowdown in Pfizer supply will occur in July.

Anyone who would like to change their appointment can call 1-844-626-8222. 

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