Manitoba announces new grant program to target COVID-19 vaccine uptake

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has announced a new grant program aimed at targeting vaccine uptake in the province.

Premier Brian Pallister made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday.

Through this new initiative, grants of up to $20,000 will be made available to community, sport, religious, cultural, and education organizations to provide programming to encourage people to get immunized and educate them on vaccines. Manitoba has up to $1 million to provide these grants.

These programs could include outreach staffing, contacting and supporting clients to get vaccinated, communications materials, and community-level incentives. The programming will be completed between June and September 2021.

Applicants will be required to indicate the low-uptake community they are targeting; what their plan is to reach this community and why it will be successful; and what the cost will be. Applicants will also be asked if they are interested in hosting or partnering on a pop-up clinic.

Manitobans can begin to register for information sessions on the grant program on Thursday.

The province also announced it is making a pivot on its ProtectMB campaign, which will now focus on encouraging people to get vaccinated as a way of getting back to regular life.

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